Willis Towers Watson continues recruitment spree in the Asia Pacific

31 May 2018 Consultancy.asia

Risk management advisory and broker Willis Towers Watson has continued its Asia pacific recruitment spree with the appointment of Ken Brown as the firm’s new division leader in Insurance Consulting and Technology for South Asia and Emerging Markets. The announcement follows several senior appointments in the region over the past two months.

As Willis Towers Watson’s new Insurance Consulting and Technology (ICT) division leader for South Asia and Emerging Markets, Brown will draw on over 30 years of insurance industry strategy and leadership experience, gained through a range of senior positions and operations across Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Australia – with additional experience in developing market strategy for emerging markets such as and the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam. Prior to joining Willis Towers Watson, Brown served briefly as Director Advisory Services at EY in Sydney.

Richard Collis, Managing Director of the firm’s ICT practice in Asia Pacific said of the appointment; “Ken brings three decades of experience in the insurance industry – life, property and casualty, and brokerage – across the Asia Pacific region, so he significantly strengthens our industry-experienced leadership… His expertise in bancassurance, digital distribution platforms, risk management, captive management, shared services platforms and capital markets will bring real added-value to our clients.”

Brown’s appointment follows the filling of several other senior positions in the Asia Pacific by Willis Towers Watson in recent months, a number of them being newly created roles, with the firm also highlighting a 20 percent increase in staff numbers over the past year. Last month, the firm welcomed Peter Rink as its new Head of Forensic Accounting and Complex Claims for the Asia-Pacific region, while earlier, Simon Weaver was elevated to Leader of Corporate Risk & Broking (CRB) for Asia and Australasia.Kenneth Brown, Simon Weaver and Peter Rink

Simon Weaver

Previously serving as CRB head for Asia, Weaver’s expanded role to include Australasia reflects the firm’s strategic agenda to globalise its service lines, with the 20-year insurance and broking veteran responsible for accelerating growth across the Asia Pacific by coordinating the firm’s global capabilities with its regional and local market expertise.

Adam Garrard, Willis Towers Watson Head of CRB International, said; “Simon’s extensive risk management and insurance broking industry expertise, combined with his deep understanding of Asia-based clients and markets, makes him very well positioned to help us to maximise engagement with our clients and to drive business growth.” 

Peter Rink

Meanwhile, reporting to Weaver, is another 20-plus year insurance industry veteran in Peter Rink, recruited to the role of Head of Forensic Accounting and Complex Claims (FACC) for the Asia-Pacific region. Rink crosses from MSM Loss Accounting, a provider of business interruption consulting and claims management services, where he was the co-founder and owner-manager of MSM’s Brisbane-based team. Rink began his career at KPMG, later working on a number of high-profile commercial claims in Australia and across the globe for GAB Robins.

Ken Giambagno, Global Head of FACC, said of the appointment; “We are delighted to welcome Peter and his team to Willis Towers Watson. This newly acquired team have recognised expertise in mining, as well as the energy, manufacturing and retail industries. These sectors face many complex and difficult claims and continue to face challenges ranging from natural catastrophes to supply chain issues. Today’s announcement demonstrates our continued investment in our market leading global forensic accounting capability and will enable us to provide even greater support for local and multi-national clients.”

Altogether, the broking and advisory firm has more than 40,000 employees active in over 140 countries, following from an $18 billion 2016 merger between the Willis Group of the UK and US firm Towers Watson. In respect to the firm’s Asia Pacific Insurance Consulting and Technology practice, Willis Towers Watson has over 170 specialists working in the region. Last month, the firm also added to its senior team in Malaysia.

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Deloitte adds Richard Hayler as Disputes and Arbitration leader

16 April 2019 Consultancy.asia

Deloitte has brought in Richard Hayler as its new Southeast Asia Disputes and Arbitration Leader. Hayler crosses from FTI Consulting – continuing the recent personnel shuffle in the regional forensics space.

Following the onboarding of veteran forensics expert Jarrod Baker as its new Forensic Investigations Leader for Southeast Asia earlier this year, global professional services leader Deloitte has added another ex-FTI Consulting executive to its regional forensics practice with the appointment of Richard Hayler as its new Southeast Asia Disputes and Arbitration leader. It’s Hayler’s second stint at the Big Four firm.

Originally starting out as an auditor in the chemicals, pharmaceuticals & energy practice of fellow Big Four firm KPMG in the UK (via a five-year Technical Director role with specialist life sciences consultancy Primarius), Hayler after three years crossed to Deloitte in 2008, serving as an Associate Director for its Forensic & Dispute Services division in London, and then from 2012 in Singapore. 

From there, Hayler joined the Singapore office of FTI Consulting’s Economic & Financial practice, promoted to senior managing director at the beginning of last year. Now, like his colleague Baker, Hayler has returned for his second stint with Deloitte, after respectively four and nearly six years with FTI. Meanwhile, FTI recently added e-discovery expert Christopher Marks as a senior managing director – continuing its global raid on Ernst & Young.

“I am delighted to be returning to Deloitte rejoining old friends and being on board with a great team,” Hayler said. This is an exciting time to be back at Deloitte as the firm has made great strides integrating to serve its clients across Asia Pacific better and I look forward to being part of that success.” As of September last year, Deloitte began integrating its Asia Pacific arms into single operational unit – with a co-attendant $321 million investment committed to human capital.Deloitte adds Richard Hayler as Disputes and Arbitration Leader in Southeast AsiaHayler across his career has developed expertise in a broad range of  competencies around forensics, disputes and litigation, including complex valuations, M&A and contractual disputes, accounting irregularities; alleged misappropriation, asset tracing and fraud investigations among others – having led or advised teams multiple jurisdictions in “some of the largest and most complex cases in the last decade.”

“Having Richard in our leadership team is a strong market differentiator,” said Tim Phillipps, Deloitte’s Financial Crime Strategy and Response Network leader for APAC. “His track record and extensive experience will be critical as we continue to expand and strengthen our presence in the Southeast Asia region.  It will enhance our capacity to serve our clients, and ensure that we continue to provide clear, timely and insightful counsel.”

In addition to Deloitte, Hayler serves on the Standards Review Board of the International Valuation Standards Council, as well as being a member of the adjunct faculty at Singapore Management University’s School of Law and the Honorary Treasurer for the Board of Directors of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators Singapore. He was also last year a group representative for financial & fintech business group with the local British Chamber of Commerce.

According to the firm, Hayler’s recruitment forms part of its plans to expand its forensics services in the region – a practice which has already grown substantially in recent years to include more than 125 dedicated forensic practitioners based in Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, and Vietnam, with growth driven by investment in disputes and arbitration, electronic discovery, investigations, forensic digital platforms and financial crime advisory and analytics among other areas.