Willis Towers Watson has elevated Kristy Banas as its new chief human resources officer (CHRO) with effect from August 16 2021. Banas was earlier the global talent advisor for human capital and benefits and more recently the global sponsor, HR integration planning at the global advisory, broking and solutions firm. She steps into the shoes of Anne Bodnar who will serve as the Company’s chief administrative officer.
An alumna of the University of Connecticut and the Fairfield University, Banas started off her career as an accounts specialist at ICG Communications for three years. She served as accounting manager for the wholesale business of John Atencio Design for the next three years. From 1998 to 2001, she worked as project manager M&A and client delivery, for Convergent Communications. Her next stop was XL Capital / XL Global Services / XL Insurance, where she spent a decade in various capacities ranging from HR finance manager & head of workforce analytics and and global HR project manager, to VP, global HR partner, XL Corporate Functions.
It was in 2011 that she joined Willis Towers Watson, as SVP, global HR director, WTW corporate functions; executive HR sponsor global operations improvement. After over four years in this role, she became senior director and global HR leader, WTW operations & technology. About 11 months later, she took on the role of senior director and head of global total rewards, HR integration & the HR business office for almost two and a half years. From 2019 to 2021, she was the senior director, global talent advisor human capital & benefits, global sponsor people & HR integration. During this period, she successfully managed dual roles as global HR director and talent advisor for WTW’s human capital and benefits segment with over 14,000 colleagues in more than 100 countries.