After spending 31 years with Pricewaterhouse Coopers, veteran financial services professional Michael Burwell is leaving the company to take a leadership position with global broking, advisory and solutions company Willis Towers Watson India Careers. Burwell becomes the company’s new chief financial officer replacing Roger Millay who left voluntarily in October of 2017. Michael Burwell brings a diverse skillset, many years of experience in the industry, unmatched expertise in auditing and transaction services, as well as having held a wide range of leadership positions.
A 1986 graduate of Michigan State University with a business administration degree, Michael Burwell is also a certified public accountant. Willis Towers Watson CEO John Haley said he was excited about Burwell joining the company’s leadership team. He acknowledged Michael Burwell’s expertise in, experience with and understanding of the complex tasks involved in managing and leading a global customer-focused company. The CEO expressed confidence in Burwell’s solid background in finance, business transactions and the duties required to transform a company and guide it to long-term growth while helping the staff and the company to reach their full potential.
Michael Burwell started his career in financial services with Pricewaterhouse Coopers as an auditing specialist in their assurance practice in 1986. His work was so impressive, Burwell was charged with starting the Detroit based transaction services division of the company in 1997. He excelled in that role and was given a promotion to Pricewaterhouse Coopers’ central region and given a leadership position. Not long afterwards he became the company’s U.S. Transaction Services division’s overall leader. In 2007, Pricewaterhouse Coopers named Michael Burwell chief financial officer. He became COO of U.S. business in 2008.
As Burwell’s expertise and experience grew, so did his value to the company and the amount of power and responsibility he was given. By 2012 Pricewaterhouse Cooper felt Michael Burwell could be even more effective for the company if given a bigger role. They promoted him to the U.S. and Global Transformation vice chairman. Michael Burwell was lauded for his ability to optimize the organizational effectiveness of Pricewaterhouse Coopers and introduce positive change in global strategic sourcing, human capital, finance, technology and other diverse functions. He also worked with many clients as a senior relationship partner.
In 2016 Pricewaterhouse Coopers named Michael Burwell a partner. Burwell decided to leave the company and become CFO of the 190-year-old company Willis Towers Watson in November of 2017. Go To This Page for more information.