Michael Burwell: Taking Willis Towers Watson To Greater Heights

Michael Burwell: Taking Willis Towers Watson To Greater Heights

Michael Burwell works at Willis Towers Watson as the Chief Financial Officer, a role that he serves quite effectively. Before joining the company, Mike was serving at Pricewaterhouse Coopers LLP for 31 years. Some of the positions that he held at PwC include being a business adviser practitioner for about 11 years. However, in the year 1997, Michael was elected to be a partner, and so he moved to PwC’s Detroit transaction business. As a result of excellent performance and success under his leadership, Michael Burwell took over leadership of the transaction business for PwC’s central U.S. transaction business. In the year 2009, he was promoted to become both COO and CFO across the entire PwC’s U.S business. Three years down the line, he was appointed VC of Global & U.S. Transformation in a bid to improve and expand the company’s internal services. Mike holds a bachelor’s degree in BA from the renowned Michigan State University. He is also a CPA. Interesting to note, he was honored as Michigan State University’s Alumnus of the year.


In an interview held with Ideamensch, Michael Burwell reveals that a typical day for him involves waking up at 5 am and making sure that his bed is made, a sign of accomplishment early in the day. He then makes his way to a Peloton bike which enables him to reflect on the tasks that he needs to get done by the end of the day. He also has a habit of reflecting on matters at the beginning of every week as well as the month for effective planning. Michael Burwell says that he brings ideas to life by seeing to it that people’s ideas in the organization are brought to fruition. When asked what makes him more productive in his work, Michael Burwell reveals that he strongly believes in technology as it increases the productivity of individuals. Therefore, he makes sure that he shares with others any application that he comes across that is helpful to him in a bid to improve their productivity and his own at the same time.


Michael Burwell says that he would advise his younger self to be more cautious in a bid of trying to please everyone as it is sometimes disappointing. Mike advises people to be keen listeners and being attentive to other people’s ideas as it is a great way of networking. He says that there is something unique and interesting about each person and so, it is your responsibility to find out what that is! Therefore, create time for others in a bid to learn more from them.



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