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After Thirty Years, Michael Burwell Was Well Prepared For This Role

Posted on August 13, 2018 in Broking Solutions Business Leader CFO Finance Finance Advisor Finance Expert Financial Services Willis Towers Watson


Having completed his degree at Michigan State University, Michael Burwell went to work for Pricewaterhouse Coopers LLP. He would spend the next 31 years working for them. During this time, he would move up the ranks till he left for Willis Towers Watson. His time at Pricewaterhouse would expose him to the financial world in a way even he did not expect. The first eleven years of his tenure were spent in Audit. His success would spar the company to offer him partnership before he moved to PwC’s Detroit based transaction services.


In Detroit, he was tasked with a number of responsibilities which would culminate in him being requested to take over PwC’s central region. This growing recognition of his abilities was in line with his career ambition and in 2007 he was appointed the US Transaction Services Leader. Michael Burwell held this position for a year before being appointed Chief Financial Officer Then Chief Operating Officer across the PwC’s U.S. business.


At this point, Michael Burwell was one of the highest-ranking officials within the organization. However, in 2012 he would get promoted again to Vice-Chairman, Global and U.S. Transformation. This position entailed transforming a host of roles within the organization and making them more efficient. This would touch on various sectors including finance, Global Strategic Sourcing, and human capital. Go Here to learn more.


In 2017 following the retirement of Roger Millay, Willis Towers Watson would headhunt him. They knew that his former positions had prepared him enough for the position of CFO and he was best suited for the position. This was confirmed during his hand over the CEO would express his gratitude to Roger before welcoming Burwell with a statement,” Mike understands managing, leading and driving results in a complex, global company with a strong focus on clients. I am confident that his expertise in finance, transactions, and transformation is well suited to guide our long-term growth and remaining integration efforts.”


Michael Burwell is determined to push Willis Towers Watson to greater heights and use his experience to help it, and its 40,000 employees become better at what they are already good at.


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