NEW YORK, January 23, 2014 — In a move designed to help employers better navigate the dynamic health care environment, global professional services company Towers Watson (NYSE, NASDAQ: TW) announced today plans to unite the company-wide expertise and resources dedicated to health care exchanges and administration within its Exchange Solutions segment. The company also announced that Jim Foreman, managing director of the Americas, will lead the expanded Exchange Solutions segment. Carl Hess, global head of the company’s Investment business, will succeed Foreman as leader of the Americas. Both appointments are effective February 1, 2014.
Towers Watson will combine the operations and associates of Extend Health, which it acquired in 2012; Liazon, which it acquired in late 2013; much of its North American Technology and Administration Solutions health care business, and other consultants dedicated to health care exchanges into the existing Exchange Solutions segment. The result will be a much larger and broader business unit dedicated to helping employers deliver health care benefits to their employees and retirees through private exchanges and administration. Bryce Williams and Ashok Subramanian will stay on in their current roles.
“We believe this action strengthens our ability to provide the best exchange and administration solutions to the marketplace and also underscores our commitment to serving our clients and meeting their needs,” said John Haley, chairman and chief executive officer at Towers Watson. “We have a long history of innovation and expertise in benefits, and I’m confident that this will accelerate our ability to help companies thrive in the new health care reform environment.”
Foreman has served as managing director of the Americas at Towers Watson since January 2010. He also serves on the company’s executive committee and will continue to serve in that role. He initially joined the company in 1985 and has held several business leadership positions during his tenure.
Foreman has also served as executive vice president of national businesses and a member of the executive committee at a major insurer.
Hess, who will succeed Foreman, is currently the global head of the company’s Investment business, and has been at Towers Watson for 25 years. He will also serve on the company’s executive committee.
“Jim and Carl bring extensive experience and the necessary leadership to these two important positions,” said Haley. “Jim’s expertise in both consulting and the health care insurance marketplace makes him a natural fit to lead Exchange Solutions. Carl is a true thought leader, and his track record of growing our Investment business over the years will be a tremendous asset in his new position.”
“I’m very excited about this opportunity and look forward to working with all of the associates who will now be part of Exchange Solutions,” said Foreman. “This includes Bryce Williams, who continues to do a remarkable job leading our retiree and access exchange business. He’s clearly a leading authority in the industry, and we look forward to his continued leadership in our business.”
“Health insurance exchanges will play a significant role in how employers deliver health care benefits to their employees and families in the future. And as the marketplace evolves, I look forward to continuing to work with the Exchange Solutions team to deliver the best possible solutions to our clients,” said Williams.
“Towers Watson has a well-earned reputation for putting clients first and acting as trusted advisors,” added Gene Wickes, global head of benefits at Towers Watson. “And we will continue to build on the momentum Exchange Solutions has already generated in the marketplace.”
About Towers Watson
Towers Watson (NYSE, NASDAQ: TW) is a leading global professional services company that helps organizations improve performance through effective people, risk and financial management. The company offers consulting, technology and solutions in the areas of benefits, talent management, rewards, and risk and capital management. Towers Watson has more than 14,000 associates around the world and is located on the web at towerswatson.com
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