PATERSON, NJ [NOVEMBER 16, 2010] - Joseph J. Plumeri, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Willis Group Holdings plc, was the recipient of the 2010 William F. Johnson Award, at the St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center Foundation's 34th Annual Charity Ball, for his remarkable commitment to improving the quality of life in our community.
Mr. Plumeri is a New Jersey native with strong beliefs in giving back to the community. "St. Joseph's Mission, Vision, and Values, 'patients first' approach to quality patient care, and its ability and willingness to treat people from all walks of life with technological advancements, fall in line with the Willis Group's 'glocal' theme of providing service all over the world with assurance to our clients that we are everywhere they are," said Mr. Plumeri.
Pictured with Mr. Plumeri at the event are (from left) William A. McDonald, President and CEO, St. Joseph's Healthcare System (SJHS); Sr. Rosemary Smith, SC, Chairperson, Board of Trustees, SJHS; and Sr. Maureen Shaughnessy, General Superior, Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth.
Under Mr. Plumeri's leadership, Willis has strengthened its position as one of the world's largest insurance brokers through sector-leading organic growth and operating margins, strategic expansion, a dedication to transparency and passionate client service. Appointed in October 2000, when Willis was privately owned by Kohlberg Kravis Roberts, Joe successfully returned the company to public ownership in 2001. In 2008, he spearheaded Willis' $2.1 billion acquisition of Hilb Rogal & Hobbs (HRH), the largest insurance brokerage deal of the last decade.
Mr. Plumeri's many philanthropic activities include the Samuel & Josephine Plumeri Wishing Place, the headquarters of the New Jersey Chapter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation, named in honor of his parents, and the new sports complex at the College of St. Rose in Albany, New York, named in honor of his late son, Christian.