Willis Towers Watson recently announced that they had named Michael Burwell as their new Chief Financial Officer for the company. He replaced their former CFO who retired in October 2017, Roger Millay. Michael Burwell has 32 years of experience in the financial industry and has served in several executive roles before joining Willis Towers Watson.
A graduate of Michigan State University, he took the position in Detroit after gaining 12 years of experience in transaction services and an additional 11 in auditing. The CEO of Willis Towers Watson, John Haley, was excited to have Burwell joining their team and thinks he will help them evolve to the next level. Haley is grateful for the work that the former CFO had done for Willis Towers Watson as he was able to make the company stronger and in the right position for success.
Michael Burwell had been with the company Pricewaterhouse Coopers for 31 years prior to transitioning to Willis Towers Watson. He begins his day early at 5 in the morning and using biking as a time to think about what he needs to accomplish for the day and his company. In order to appreciate the accomplishments he has made, he takes time every month to think about what he has accomplished. Things like this and small details like making his bed even when he is traveling the world make him feel like he’s achieved something.
When it comes to finding great ideas, Michael Burwell understands that it’s not just the executives within a company that has them. He makes sure to look for the people that have ideas that aren’t getting enough attention and bring them to light. If someone within his organization has an idea that could lead to the next big thing, Michael Burwell wants to make sure that he is able to recognize them to make it happen. Michael Burwell focuses on being a good listener in his life and through this is able to build his network. It’s important to ask questions about who people are as there is something interesting to learn about everyone you talk to.
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