Michael Burwell likes to start his day with a small victory — something as simple as making his bed — which he does every morning whether at home or on the road. As the new CFO of Willis Towers Watson, his habit put him in good company — former US Navy Seal and Navy Admiral Stanley McRaven advises the newly-graduated college to students to do the same for similar reasons. Willis Towers Watson is a top-tier global brokering, and risk management company with over 40,000 employees worldwide.
Michael Burwell assumed his position as CFO of Willis Towers Watson in October of 2017. Burwell took over from long-time CFO Roger Millay, who voluntarily retired in August 2017. Burwell brings over thirty years’ experience with one of the ‘Big Four’ auditing firms in the US to his new position as CFO of Willis Towers Watson.
Michael Burwell also recently sat for a brief interview with Inspirey.com. The discussion was rich with insights and advice. When asked about the advice he most often shares, he indicates that networking and the development of relationships in one’s field are his top suggestions. Asked about a tough decision he’s had to make, Burwell said he had to kill a sizable technology project with significant sunk costs. He noted that it was quite the unpopular thing to do, but that it was still the correct course of action.
When asked about the accomplishment he is proudest of, Michael Burwell pointed out that at his previous company, four employees under his mentorship went on to become partners in that firm. He is also proud that as CFO of a professional services company he managed to reduce costs by $500 million with zero layoffs. Asked about the most significant challenges his industry will face in the future, Burwell unhesitatingly points to big data, noting that the amount of actionable data is expected to double in the next five years. Read This Article for related information.
Michael Burwell earned his BBA from Michigan State University and is a Certified Public Accountant. Michael spent 31 years working for one of the US’s Big Four auditing firm and held top executive positions with that firm. In October of 2017, he assumed his current position with Willis Towers Watson.
Check out his one-on-one session on https://interview.net/qa-with-michael-burwell-cfo/