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Willis Selects Firstdoor to Power 'Search Willis' Client Knowledge System.

HR AnswerSource Powers Leading Brokers Client Resource Center.

ATLANTA, GA, February 20, 2003 - Firstdoor, a leading supplier of Human Resources knowledge solutions, today announces that it has been selected by the Employee Benefits Practice of Willis Group Holdings, the global insurance broker, as the knowledge delivery platform for Search Willis, the broker’s client knowledge system designed to deliver HR and employee management content in an easy to use format.

Leaders of an organization have a dilemma…How does reliable information get into the hands of decision makers in a way that results in better, quicker, and more consistent decisions across an organization? The Internet provides a medium to assist organizations with the delivery of the right information to those who need it most. The integration of content and technology is now available as a mechanism to distribute knowledge, guidance and best practices across an enterprise, on demand, to executives and others who deal with employee matters either routinely or occasionally.

Firstdoor offers a knowledge management system that integrates different knowledgebases consisting of client content, Willis content and premium third-party content from providers such as BNA, Inc., to expedite decision-making. The information is delivered through a simple user interface, bringing on-demand information to HR administrators and managers.

“Firstdoor offers a unique knowledge solution that combines world-class BNA, Inc. content with our own extensive information," said Rick Elliott, President and CEO of Willis’ Employee Benefits Practice in North America. "With Firstdoor, our clients have instant access to a huge range of HR, Benefits and Compliance FAQs and other content – via the web. This allows us to combine instant access web research with ‘hands on’ expertise provided by our in-house legal and compliance team . “From FAQs and procedures to company policies, best practices and government regulations, Search Willis delivers critical information, analysis and decision support tools at the time of need to company HR administrators and managers. The Search Willis solution will be integrated directly with Willis’ current client technology offerings.

"Willis is a key strategic relationship for Firstdoor," said Gene Schutt, chief executive officer of Firstdoor. "Search Willis will combine our core BNA content with extensive material from Willis in a convenient, easy to access system. This facilitates faster distribution of knowledge, with easier and quicker client communications."

About Willis Group

Willis Group Holdings Limited is a leading global insurance broker, developing and delivering professional insurance, reinsurance, risk management, financial and human resource consulting and actuarial services to corporations, public entities and institutions around the world. With over 300 offices in more than 80 countries, its global team of 13,000 associates serves clients in some 180 countries. Willis is publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol WSH. Additional information on Willis may be found on its web site:

About Firstdoor

Firstdoor is a leading supplier of HR and Benefits knowledge solutions. Firstdoor's unique technology integrates premium content from leading publishers, like BNA, Inc., and customer information, into a single knowledge communication system. Users gain easy access to critical information, while organizations benefits from more consistent decisions on compliance issues, resulting in reduced risks and costs. The privately held company is located in Atlanta, GA.

About BNA, Inc.

Founded in 1929, BNA is an independent publisher and the largest publisher of nonpartisan news and information in Washington, D.C. Drawing on the expertise of more than 600 editors, reporters, and domestic and international correspondents, BNA publications are recognized for their in-depth, unbiased reporting. BNA has approximately 1,600 employees and is the oldest wholly employee-owned company in the United States. For more information about BNA, see


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