NEW YORK—Willis Group Holdings, the global insurance broker, has named Joshua King senior vice president, group marketing and communications, responsible for external, internal and executive communications, brand and reputation management, community relations, corporate philanthropy and events. He will report to Joe Plumeri, group chairman and chief executive officerand succeeds Valerie di Maria, who left to join Peppercom this summer.
King comes to Willis with more than 20 years of experience in the public and private sector. From 2003 to 2009, he served as chief spokesman and vice president of communications and community relations at The Hartford Financial Services Group, one of the nation’s oldest and largest insurance companies, where he oversaw external corporate and business unit communications—including product, financial, legal and regulatory media relations issues—as well as the company’s philanthropy, civic engagement and employee volunteerism.
King also has served as a senior vice president of Penn Schoen & Berland Associates, a research-based consulting firm of the WPP Group specializing in communications strategy for corporate, political and entertainment clients. And in the Clinton administration, he served for five years as director of production for the White House Office of Communications.