WTW taps Aon’s James Baum as Head of Australia and New Zealand

Baum joins in dual role, moving back to Australia from his London-based role at Aon, where he was CEO and Global Head for Wholesale & Specialty Broking.

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WTW on Tuesday announced the appointment of James Baum as Head of Australia and New Zealand and Head of Corporate Risk & Broking (CRB), Australia and New Zealand, effective from 15 July.

Baum brings over 30 years of experience to the role and joins WTW from Aon, where he held various leadership roles over an 18-year tenure.

Most recently he served in London as CEO and Global Head for Wholesale & Specialty Broking. Prior to Aon, he spent over 12 years at Marsh and Sedgwick.

Simon Weaver continues in his role as Head of Asia Pacific and Head of CRB for Asia Pacific, WTW said.

Pamela Thomson-Hall, Head of International and Head of Risk & Broking International, commented on the appointment: “I am delighted to have someone of James’s calibre join WTW.

We’ve made tremendous progress and built great foundations for growth in Australasia in recent years, thanks to Simon Weaver, and now, with James’s leadership, we are poised to take this to the next level.”

On his new role, Baum said he was excited to join WTW at a time of significant growth and opportunity in Australasia.

“WTW is well positioned to compete in the market – the company is winning new business and bringing the best solutions and talent to serve the people, risk and capital needs of clients,” Baum said.

“With its strong global brand, client-first passion and ambition to grow, I am looking forward to being part of this next phase and seeing WTW in Australasia realise its full potential for our clients and colleagues alike,” he added.

Simon Weaver also commented on the strategic change: “With James’ deep knowledge and experience in the region, I am confident that he will supercharge our growth and fulfil our ambition to build a sustainable and thriving business for the benefit of our clients and colleagues.”

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