The Path Of A Financial Guru
Michael Burwell, Chief Financial Officer of Willis Towers Watson, is a man with an admirable journey.
Pricewaterhouse Coopers LLP (PwC), is where Michael Burwell spent over 31 years of his career, 11 of those he spent working on business advisory services inside the assurance practice division. It sounds like a position where you would have to make a lot of people happy, but as Michael believes, you can’t always make everyone happy but it’s always nice if you can.
Michael’s hard work paid off and was invited to be a partner which moved him into PwC’s Detroit transaction business in 1997. He continued to move up the ladder at PWC and was asked to take over leadership of PwC’s central U.S. transaction business, where he began to have a strong influence on the success that PWC demanded. Because of his demand for the success, he later was appointed Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer across PwC’s U.S. business. It wasn’t later in 2012 when he was appointed to be Vice Chairman Global and U.S. Transformation, where he was able to impact the Internal Shared Services and demand success from an even high level. It was because of this journey and demand for success on an elite level that led him to Chief Financial Officer at Willis Towers Watson.
Inside the mind of a financial guru like Burwell, we get a glimpse of his humility. Michael says that all of his new and innovative ideas are formed from new information and ideas from his fellow employees and colleagues. His desire to stay humble allows him to always be teachable, which allows him to continue to grow and be innovative. What keeps him going and capable of staying consistent at work is by staying consistent outside of work and creating an everyday platform for life that he takes with him anywhere that he goes. His simple, personal platform for life consists of daily routines that demand accountability and his intuitive awareness to reward himself for accomplishing his demands. Mike Burwell is a role model for anyone inside or outside of the Financial World, and we could all steal a page from his seasoned, dusty, wise, old playbook. See Related Link for more information.