Watson Wyatt Spins Off Spring Consulting

March 30, 2004

U.K.-based Watson Wyatt LLP announced that it has spun off its Boston-based insurance and financial services strategic consulting group with a management buy-out led by two senior managers.

The company said the move came following a review of its insurance and financial services consulting strategy in the United States, which resulted in a decision to focus on the firm’s core life and non-life actuarial consulting business.

The new organization, Spring Consulting Group LLC, will be led by former Watson Wyatt partners Karin Landry and John Cassell. Spring Consulting Group will focus on providing strategic consulting services to institutions operating in the healthcare, retirement, disability, life and captive insurer markets.

“The new arrangement presents an exciting opportunity for our existing United States insurance and financial services strategy consulting team to build upon its successes and growing reputation,” stated Philip Brook, global head of insurance and financial services consulting at Watson Wyatt. “The change will not directly impact our day-to-day relationships with current clients. Although the two groups will be separate entities, we expect there to be a close collaborative relationship between Watson Wyatt and Spring Consulting Group.”

Landry, Spring Consulting’s managing partner , indicated that “This structural change allows us to operate more broadly than Watson Wyatt’s core actuarial focus, while still benefiting from a close working relationship with a leading global insurance and financial services consulting firm.”

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