Global professional services company Towers Watson (NYSE, NASDAQ: TW) today announced that it has appointed Kirkland L. Hicks as its new general counsel, effective November 1, 2012. Mr. Hicks will succeed Walter Bardenwerper, who is retiring at the end of November.
“Kirkland will be a great addition to our senior management team,” said John Haley, Chairman and CEO of Towers Watson. “His proven track record during the 12 years he has been with our legal team makes him an ideal candidate for this important role. I am confident that with Kirkland’s leadership, supported by the outstanding talent in our legal department, we will continue to experience the extraordinary legal and practical counsel that our associates and clients have come to expect.”
Mr. Hicks has been with Towers Watson since May 2000 and currently serves as managing counsel, commercial, for the Americas region. Mr. Hicks also chairs Towers Watson’s Diversity and Inclusion Council for the Americas, and has worked on legal assignments throughout North and South America, as well as in both the EMEA and Asia Pacific regions.
Mr. Hicks is a graduate of North Carolina A&T State University, received his law degree from Duke University, and studied business and executive leadership at Harvard Business School. He worked for a major law firm before joining Towers Watson.Mr. Bardenwerper is retiring from Towers Watson on November 30, after 25 years with the company. Commenting on the transition, Mr. Haley said, “Wally has had a long and distinguished career with Towers Watson. In 1987, he became the first general counsel of The Wyatt Company and played an instrumental role in many key moments in the company’s history, including the Watson Wyatt IPO and the 2010 merger to form Towers Watson. He has been a leader in the development of our enterprise risk management efforts and the company’s Global Compliance Program. Following the merger, he led the integration of the legacy firms’ legal departments and the deployment of its resources throughout the world to better serve the needs of our global business. I am personally grateful for Wally’s advice and counsel over the years, and we all wish him the very best in his retirement.”
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