John "Jay" Woods has joined Guy Carpenter & Co. LLC, a global risk and reinsurance specialist, as co-chairman of the recently formed Mutual Company Specialty Practice.

Woods joins the company from Towers Watson, where he formerly was managing director of North American brokerage. Previously he was president of John P. Woods Company Inc. He will be based in New York and work with John Haldeman, the other co-chairman of the practice.

“The appointment of Jay Woods reflects Guy Carpenter’s long-term commitment to our mutual company clients,” said Andrew Marcell, CEO of U.S. operations at Guy Carpenter. “Mr. Woods brings a wealth of expertise that will complement our team’s own unparalleled depth and breadth of knowledge about the mutual company marketplace. As the leading mutual insurance company broker in the U.S. with more than 300 clients, Guy Carpenter is using our 90 years of experience working with mutual insurers to deliver products and services designed to help our clients reach their growth and profit potential.”

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