Willis Towers Watson at a Glance

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About Willis Towers Watson

Founded in 2010, Towers Watson is one of the world's largest HR and actuarial consulting firms-the result of a merger between Towers Perrin and Watson Wyatt Worldwide after years of direct competition between the two. The firm has  over 14,000 employees and multiple offices on every continent but Antarctica. Its practices focus on human resources and risk and financial management.

In mid-2009, both Towers Perrin and Watson Wyatt agreed to what was billed as a "merger of equals," creating one powerhouse that would possess twice the headcount and global presence of either originating firm. By the time the merger was consummated at the start of 2010, Towers Perrin and Watson Wyatt had each shifted their headquarters from Connecticut and Virginia, respectively, to a central location in New York City.

TP + WW = TW 4eva?
The formation of Towers Watson brought together decades of experience and history from the constituent firms. Towers Perrin began operations in 1934 as an insurance and pension advisory, although its full history-complete with yet more mergers-dates  back as far as 1871. Since the 1940s, Towers Perrin published its TPF&C Pension Tax Manual, which became standard issue for the Internal Revenue Service for tax law guidance. Much of Towers' finance and insurance actuarial services were handled by its Tillinghast division, the largest practice of its kind in the world, which offered consultation and software solutions to insurance and financial services companies.

Watson Wyatt was no stranger to mergers itself; the firm was the famous product of an alliance between two longstanding actuarial legends, The Wyatt Company and R Watson & Sons. Regarded as the world's oldest actuarial firm, R Watson & Sons began in 1878 and grew to become an industry leader largely through advisory work for the British government in establishing social insurance programs. The Wyatt Company, meanwhile, was established as a U.S. actuarial concern in 1946 and rapidly expanded its practices and global presence through the following decades. The two joined forces in 1995 to operate under the name Watson Wyatt Worldwide, with Wyatt Company's branches handling North American business and the R Watson & Sons group holding covering Europe. The alliance between them was in name only, and it wasn't until 2005 that a formal merger brought them together to form a singular entity.

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Willis Towers Watson

875 Third Avenue
New York, NY 10022
Phone: (212) 725-7550


  • Employer Type: Public
  • Stock Symbol: TW
  • Stock Exchange: NASDAQ, NYSE
  • CEO: John Haley
  • 2014 Employees: 14,800

  • Major Departments & Practices
    Communication and Change Management
    Corporate Risk Management and Risk Financing
    Employee Surveys
    Executive Compensation
    Global Data Services
    Health and Group Benefits
    HR Software
    Insurance Industry Consulting
    International Consulting
    Investmentv Mergers, Acquisitions and Corporate Transactions
    Retiree Medical Exit Solution
    Risk Software Solutions
    Sales Effectiveness and Rewards
    Talent Assessment
    Talent Management
    Technology and Administration Solutions
    Technology and Software Overview

Major Office Locations

  • New York, NY (HQ)

Key Financials

  • 2014 Revenue: $3,481 million