Michael Burwell is the Chief Financial Officer of Willis Towers Watson and before this assignment, he spent 31 years at Pricewaterhouse Coopers in Detroit, serving as the US Transaction Services Leader. At Willis Towers Watson, Burwell has been the replacement CFO for Roger Milay who retired by choice on October 2nd, 2017. Michael Burwell has served in leadership roles for the last 10 years also bringing 11 years of audit experience and 12 years of Transaction Services Industry experience all while helping companies with pre-merger due diligence and valuation. Burwell has joined Willis Towers Watson at a key point in the company’s process of evolution.
Burwell has experience in finance, transactions, and changes. Burwell is a CPA and has a Bachelor’s in Business Administration from Michigan State University. Willis Towers Watson has existed since 1828 and Willis Towers Watson has 40,000 employees besides serving more than 140 companies. Burwell’s day starts at 5:00 a.m. and he makes his bed no matter where he is. He then rides his Peloton bike at home or whether or not he finds one. He spends the beginning of each week and month reflecting on it.
He knows how to get good ideas from the people around him. Michael Burwell knows the talent at his company belongs to who can get the Uber or Airbnb idea first. Insuretech Connect is an organization devoted to bringing together the largest and most comprehensive gathering of tech entrepreneurs, investors and new insurance industry companies from around the world. Willis Towers Watson has been observing new ideas growing from their Plug and Play relationship with Insuretech, which is making interesting connections according to Burwell. Burwell believes in doing more with less available, so technology helps him stay organized. See This Page for additional information.
His younger self needs to hear that collaboration does not equal consensus. Quit trying to make everybody happy, since that doesn’t work. He states that micro-communities will continue to evolve because like-minded people want to connect, and advertisers try to reach them. Advice for everybody else involves the act of being a good listener to build your network, try to invest in knowing what this interesting thing about another person is like. Also, Burwell says that the best $100 ever spent was a cord organizer for his briefcase because he travels the world and needs all the cords in his bag.