Washington, D.C. 20549







Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)

of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): May 23, 2018



Willis Towers Watson Public Limited Company

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)




Ireland   001-16503   98-0352587

(State or other jurisdiction

of incorporation)



File Number)


(IRS Employer

Identification No.)

c/o Willis Group Limited, 51 Lime Street, London, EC3M 7DQ, England and Wales

(Address, including Zip Code, of Principal Executive Offices)

Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (011) 44-20-3124-6000

Not Applicable

(Former name or former address, if changed since last report)



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Item 5.07 Submission of Matters to a Vote of Security Holders.

On May 23, 2018, Willis Towers Watson Public Limited Company (the “Company”) held the 2018 Annual General Meeting of Shareholders (the “2018 AGM”). Proxies for the 2018 AGM were solicited pursuant to Regulation 14A under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and there was no solicitation in opposition to the Company’s solicitation.

A total of 118,464,936 ordinary shares (representing approximately 89.46% of 132,417,453 ordinary shares outstanding and entitled to vote as of March 27, 2018, the record date for the 2018 AGM) were present in person or by proxy, constituted a quorum for the transaction of business, and were voted at the 2018 AGM. As described below, the Company’s shareholders approved each of the proposals considered at the 2018 AGM.

The shareholders elected Ms. Anna C. Catalano, Mr. Victor F. Ganzi, Mr. John J. Haley, Ms. Wendy E. Lane, Mr. James F. McCann, Mr. Brendan R. O’Neill, Mr. Jaymin B. Patel, Ms. Linda D. Rabbitt, Mr. Paul Thomas and Mr. Wilhelm Zeller to serve as directors until the next annual general meeting of shareholders or until his/her successor is elected and qualified. The table below sets out the number of votes cast for and against each director, as well as abstentions and broker non-votes:



Anna C. Catalano

   112,449,872    526,187    36,040    5,452,837

Victor F. Ganzi

   112,771,997    199,778    40,324    5,452,837

John J. Haley

   112,779,167    195,052    37,880    5,452,837

Wendy E. Lane

   111,934,129    1,040,806    37,164    5,452,837

James F. McCann

   109,358,718    3,601,700    51,681    5,452,837

Brendan R. O’Neill

   112,888,953    87,733    35,413    5,452,837

Jaymin B. Patel

   112,860,458    112,755    38,886    5,452,837

Linda D. Rabbitt

   112,811,100    165,935    35,064    5,452,837

Paul Thomas

   112,893,992    81,909    36,198    5,452,837

Wilhelm Zeller

   112,870,770    103,286    38,043    5,452,837

The shareholders ratified, on an advisory non-binding basis, the selection of (i) Deloitte & Touche LLP to audit the Company’s financial statements and (ii) Deloitte LLP to audit the Company’s Irish Statutory Accounts, and authorized, in a binding vote, the Company’s Board of Directors, acting through the Audit and Risk Committee, to fix the independent auditors’ remuneration. Of the shares voted, 117,203,355 voted in favor, 1,240,661 voted against and 20,920 abstained.

The shareholders approved, on an advisory non-binding basis, the compensation of the Company’s named executive officers as disclosed in the Company’s Proxy Statement for the 2018 AGM in accordance with the Securities and Exchange Commission’s rules, including the “Compensation Discussion and Analysis,” the “Summary Compensation” table and the related tables and disclosure. Of the shares voted, 97,747,773 voted in favor, 15,204,750 voted against, 59,576 abstained and there were 5,452,837 broker non-votes.

The shareholders approved the renewal of the directors’ existing authority to issue shares under Irish law up to approximately 33% of the Company’s issued ordinary share capital. Of the shares voted, 117,260,979 voted in favor, 1,174,964 voted against and 28,993 abstained.

The shareholders approved the renewal of the directors’ existing authority to opt out of statutory pre-emption rights under Irish law for rights issues and, separately, for issuances up to approximately 10% of the Company’s issued ordinary share capital. Of the shares voted, 117,837,068 voted in favor, 441,740 voted against and 186,128 abstained.


Pursuant to the requirement of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.


Date: May 25, 2018






  /s/ Matthew Furman

Matthew Furman


General Counsel