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Woodruff Sawyer Announces John Fuhrman to Lead Southern California Expansion

Irvine, California – June 2, 2021 – Woodruff Sawyer, one of the largest independent insurance brokerages in the US, today announced John Fuhrman will join the company as Southern California Practice Leader. Prior to joining Woodruff Sawyer, John was a managing director at Marsh, where he led the company’s Pacific South partnership.

Previous to Marsh, John spent 10 years as a managing partner with Willis Towers Watson.

As Southern California Practice Leader, John will lead the region’s operations including aligning the interests of the organization with client services, recruiting new talent, and identifying opportunities for growth. Fuhrman says, “Coming in, I expect to spend a good amount of time talking with associates and clients with a concentration on customer service, solving client problems, and developing innovative solutions. Woodruff Sawyer was a tough competitor when I was up against them, and obviously a growing organization with lots of discipline—these are my kind of people.”

Zac Overbay, Woodruff Sawyer’s Chief Operating Officer adds, “John has a sterling reputation in the industry, in the marketplace and with clients. His balanced background in operations and recruiting and his client focus are highly complementary to Woodruff Sawyer’s client-first ethos. We’re looking forward to seeing his impact on our SoCal operations.”

About Woodruff Sawyer

As one of the largest insurance brokerage and consulting firms in the US, Woodruff Sawyer protects the people and assets of more than 4,000 companies. We provide expert counsel and fierce advocacy to protect clients against their most critical risks in property & casualty, management liability, cyber liability, employee benefits, and personal wealth management. An active partner of Assurex Global and International Benefits Network, we provide expertise and customized solutions where clients need it, with headquarters in San Francisco, offices throughout the US, and global reach on six continents. For more information, call 844.972.6326, or visit

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