Sears Tower Renaming

What's in a name?
July 16, 2009 6:11:07 AM PDT
On Thursday, Chicago's iconic Sears Tower officially becomes "Willis Tower."Willis Group Holdings Chairman and CEO Joseph J. Plumeri will preside over the official renaming of Sears Tower to Willis Tower and unveil the building's new signage on THURSDAY, JULY 16 at 10:00 am CT. The ceremony, in the tower's Wacker Drive lobby, will feature Chicago government, community and business leaders and is open to invited guests and the media.

Mellody Hobson, President of Ariel Investments, LLC and one of Chicago's most prominent women, will serve as Master of Ceremonies for the event, which will feature remarks by Mr. Plumeri and prominent Chicago figures. John Huston, Executive Vice President of American Landmark Properties, representing the building's ownership group, and former Senator Bill Bradley, a Willis Board member, also will participate in the program, along with some 500 Willis Associates.

WHAT: Ceremony to unveil Willis Tower name and signage, followed by press briefing

WHERE: Willis Tower
233 S. Wacker Drive
Chicago, IL 60606-6437

WHEN: Thursday, July 16, 2009 at 10:00 am CT

BACKGROUND: Opened in 1973 as Sears Tower, the 110-story glass and steel structure remains the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere at 1,450 feet (442 meters). Willis Group Holdings Limited (NYSE: WSH) is a leading global insurance broker, developing and delivering professional insurance, reinsurance, risk management, financial and human resource consulting and actuarial services to corporations, public entities and institutions around the world. Willis has more than 400 offices in nearly 120 countries, with a global team of approximately 20,000 Associates serving clients in some 190 countries. Additional information on Willis may be found at www.willis.com .


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