WTW Makes Three Senior Appointments to North America Broker Relations Team

Joseph LaRocco appointed Head of Industry—Broking; Krista Cinotti appointed Head of Middle Market; James O’Connor appointed Head of Carrier Management.

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WTW (Willis Towers Watson, London) a global advisory, broking, and solutions company, has announced three major appointments: Joe LaRocco has been appointed Head of Industry—Broking, North America, to lead the recently established industry broking segment; Krista Cinotti has been appointed Head of Middle Market Broking, North America; and James O’Connor has been appointed Head of Carrier Management, North America.

LaRocco’s newly created position supports WTW’s drive to deliver specialized insurance solutions and intellectual capital to clients with a laser focus on industry expertise, according to an announcement on the appointments. O’Connor, whose role is also new, will lead the Corporate Risk & Broking North American segment, focusing on expanding insurer distribution channels, creating client-centric insurance solutions, and overseeing corporate relationships with global insurers.

Jon Drummond, Head of Broking, North America, WTW.

“Joe is an exceptional leader at WTW, with deep experience assessing industry-specific characteristics that translate into bespoke insurance solutions for our global clients,” comments Jon Drummond, Head of Broking, North America, WTW. “Our vision is to recreate how brokers develop, aggregate and deliver intellectual capital to clients operating within unique industry verticals.”

LaRocco will remain a member of the WTW Corporate Risk and Broking North America Leadership Team, according to the firm’s statement on the appointments.

Prior to her appointment as Head of Middle Market Broking, North America, Cinotti ran the Middle Market Broking East Region. In addition to her responsibilities in Middle Market, Cinotti will oversee the Select Broking segment, which manages WTW’s small business offerings, and will retain her North America Steering Committee position on the Broking Platform.

“Krista is respected internally and externally as an innovative, collaborative, and resultsdriven leader who will deliver premier broking solutions and a modernized broking experience for our clients in the middle market and select segments,” Drummond says.

Based in Atlanta, O’Connor will provide leadership across our broking organization, and will be a member of WTW’s Corporate Risk and Broking North America Leadership Team.

Mike Liss, Head of CRB North America, WTW.

“O’Connor is distinguished throughout the industry for his ability to successfully drive and execute change. In this role, he will help WTW Press Release achieve its goals of growing, simplifying and transforming the business,” observes Mike Liss, Head of Corporate Risk and Broking, North America.

“Jim is a proven leader with the vision, drive, and energy to propel our team forward,” comments Drummond. “We look forward to the innovative insurance solutions he will develop for our client base.”

O’Connor rejoins WTW from Dual Group, a division of Howden, where he most recently served as Chief Executive Officer of North America.

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Anthony R. O’Donnell // Anthony O'Donnell is Executive Editor of Insurance Innovation Reporter. For nearly two decades, he has been an observer and commentator on the use of information technology in the insurance industry, following industry trends and writing about the use of IT across all sectors of the insurance industry. He can be reached at AnthODonnell@IIReporter.com or (503) 936-2803.

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