Mike Burwell is currently working at Willis Towers Watson as the Chief Financial Officer. He has a bachelors’ degree in Business administration from Michigan state university, and he is a certified public accountant. His carrier begun 31 years ago at Pricewaterhouse Coopers LLP (PwC) where he served as a business advisory in the assurance sector for 11 years. After his hard work and commitment in Detroit, Mike was appointed to lead the business of PwC’s central U.S. transaction. He was later on appointed Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer across PwC’s U.S. business in 2009 and Vice Chairman Global and U.S. Transformation in the year 2012 where he took part in building as well as in the expansion of internal shared services.
In his interview with IdeaMensch, Mike Burwell, he states that his day begins at 5 a.m. where he starts by making his bed, a task that makes him feel that he has accomplished something. After that, he rides his Peloton bike which helps him think and figure out the activities he needs to achieve by the end of the day, week and month.
Michael helps bring ideas of colleagues in the organization to life by making sure that they get proper light and evaluation. He is excited about the InsureTech, a system that has seen new connections and changes in the marketplace, he becomes productive through sharing of ideas with other people and more, so he believes technology makes people more productive too. Mike advised younger people who would like to be like him that they don’t have to always agree with everyone they work with to make them happy.
Mike also tells us that not everybody agrees with him when he says that micro-communities will continue to grow and technology to support them will be key. Michael Burwell recommends everyone to be a good listener and build their network. Being confident and relentless is a strategy that has helped him grow his business. He has experienced failures but most notably bailing out on a new technology despite being the “leading effort” that could have cost him millions, but he overcame it by focusing on the market potential.
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