Chief Financial Officer of Willis Towers Watson, Mike Burwell is a prime example of someone who is put in the hard work needed to get where he is today. He previously spent 31 years with Pricewaterhouse Coopers LLP(PwC) before joining up with Willis Towers Watson. For 11 years he held the position in their assurance practice working on their business advisory services. However, things would take a turn in 1997, where he made partner, and ended up relocating to their Detroit transaction business. He ended up being so successful in the position that PwC eventually asked him to take over as the leader of their central U.S. transaction business. It would be in 2009 that he became Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer across all PwC’s U.S. business.
Michael Burwell is an early riser who starts each morning by making his bed, that’s right, making his bed. Whether in a hotel or at home, he feels that it gets the day started with an accomplishment. From there it’s a ride on the Peloton bike, where he reflects on the day, week, and month ahead. He is a firm believer that people within his organization have great ideas, and he focuses on ways that he can bring those ideas to life. He has found that he is most productive with help from technology, to be more precise, apps. He is constantly sharing his favorite apps with others, and in turn asking them what apps they use to help themselves.
When it comes to being an individual, Mike definitely has ideas that other people might not agree with. Michael Burwell is a believer that micro-communities will in fact keep growing. He eventually sees the platform beginning to evolve because he feels that like minded people want to connect, and advertisers will want to reach them. One thing he would recommend others to do, is the be a good listener, and always be building your network. He truly believes that everyone has something interesting about themselves, but the problem is that most people don’t invest the time to learn and find out what that something is. Burwell does his best to be in the moment with each person he communicates with, in hopes that he will learn what that special something is.
When asked about his best spent $100, Mike said it was on a cord organizer. He found that since he traveled so often, it made having everything organized very convenient. As for his favorite piece of software or web service? It would be Flip Board. And when asked his favorite quote, it is the following, “There is only one place to look for leadership and that is in the mirror” – His Daughter.
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