Willis Towers Watson hires Jobable team

Former Jobable CEO Richard Hanson, joins Willis Towers as global head of Data Science for Talent and Rewards, along with his Jobable co-founder, Luke Byrne

Willis Towers Watson, a leading global advisory, broking and solutions company, has enhanced its human capital data science capabilities through hiring the entire team at Jobable, a Hong Kong-based human capital analytics and software company.

According to the insurer, the team will bring expertise in human capital data science and software development, and enhance the company’s leadership in helping organisations drive digital transformation and uncover the insights within their human capital data.

Former Jobable CEO Richard Hanson, joins Willis Towers as global head of Data Science for Talent and Rewards, along with his Jobable co-founder, Luke Byrne. 

In his new role, Hanson will continue to be based in Hong Kong, working to identify and capture global revenue opportunities, whilst actively contributing to the insurer’s thought leadership initiatives. Byrne, who is formerly Jobable’s COO, will help drive the transition process.

According to Willis Towers, the addition of the Jobable team is the culmination of a successful multi-year global partnership between the two companies, marked by notable achievements such as the design and development of innovative skill-based compensation modelling software, SkillsVue, which was launched in 2019. 

In addition, Willis Towers introduced WorkVue, an award-winning AI-driven job reinvention software in 2020 which was also developed by the Jobable team. Jobable has also consistently delivered their unique data analysis and insights to support the insurer’s advisory work with corporate clients and government agencies worldwide.

Mark Reid, global leader, Work and Rewards at WTW said: “Throughout our partnership with Jobable, we experienced first-hand their capabilities across data science, software design and development. 

“The Jobable team often provided a valuable point of differentiation to our clients’ work. Whilst we have already shared numerous commercial successes together, the prospect of building on this proven track record, discovering new synergies and fully leveraging on Richard and his team’s expertise is truly a compelling one.”

Shai Ganu, global leader, Executive Compensation, at WTW added: “With client demands evolving at speed and often with increasing complexity, the addition of Richard and his team’s capabilities will sharpen our competitive edge. 

“We are excited to be able to apply data science in all our Data-Software-Advisory offerings, and ultimately help our clients find solutions to critical and emerging people challenges.”

Jobable co-founder Byrne said: “We are tremendously proud of Jobable’s achievements over the past six years. Joining WTW is the perfect way for us to ensure that we can amplify the impact of our work going forward. We are truly excited to see how our combination of skill sets and experience can benefit WTW’s clients and their people for years to come.”

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