Karl Wittmann was born in Maxlried/Weilheim in 1945. He began his chartered insurance training with Munich Re in 1961, working as an underwriting technician in the Aviation Department and as an assistant underwriter in the Regional Department: Middle East, Far East, Australia and New Zealand. In 1970, Karl Wittmann was made Deputy Head of Munich Re’s London office. Following his return to Munich in 1985, he became a member of the Management of the Fire/Treaty Department and subsequently, in 1995, of the Operational Division: Asia and Australasia, and a Director. Mr. Wittmann joined the Board of Management in 1998 and is responsible for Asia, Australasia, Africa Division. He is married and has a daughter.
Dr. Nikolaus von Bomhard was born in Gunzenhausen in 1956. He completed his law studies at the universities of Munich and Regensburg with a doctorate.
He joined the Munich Re graduate trainee program in 1985, and afterwards worked as an underwriter in the Operational Division: Fire/Treaty. In 1992 he was appointed Deputy Head of the Operational Division: Germany. In 1997 Mr.Â vonÂ Bomhard took on the task of building up and managing the Munich Re office in SĂŁoÂ Paulo, Brazil. In 2000 he was appointed to the Board of Management and from 2001 was responsible for the Europe 2/Latin America Division. He was appointed Chairman of the Board of Management with effect from 1Â JanuaryÂ 2004.
Mr. von Bomhard is responsible for Group Development, Group Investments, Group Communications, Group Audit, and Group Executive Affairs.
President and Chief Executive Officer of Manulife Financial since January 1994, Mr. D’Alessandro has led the Company to its eleventh consecutive year of record financial performance, resulting in Manulife being among the most profitable life insurance companies in North America.
Mr. D’Alessandro led the successful demutualization and conversion of the Company to public company status in September 1999. This important accomplishment set the stage for the Company to become a world leader in the financial services industry. In 2004, he managed the largest cross-border transaction in Canadian history with the successful completion of the merger with John Hancock Financial Services, creating the second largest life insurance company in North America and the fifth largest in the world.
Mr. D’Alessandro continues to endorse and promote Manulife’s values, established under his leadership in 1994, common to all business divisions around the world. These values are summarized by the acronym PRIDE, which stands for Professionalism, Real Value to Customers, Integrity, Demonstrated Financial Strength, and Employer of Choice.
Being a good corporate citizen is an integral part of the Company’s values. Donation and sponsorship commitments to the communities where the Company does business have increased considerably. Mr. D’Alessandro is also personally committed to citizenship. He was Campaign Chair for the Salvation Army, Ontario Central Division’s first Capital Campaign. He was also Campaign Chair for the Greater Toronto United Way Campaign in 1998 and, in 1996, served as Co-chairman of the Corporate Fund for Breast Cancer Research Campaign.
Mr. D’Alessandro is a Vice Chairman of the Board of the Canadian Council of Chief Executives and is Past Chairman of the Board of the Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association. As President of Manulife, Mr. D’Alessandro is a member of the Board of Directors and Chairman of the Company’s Management Committee.
As well as receiving numerous other awards, Mr. D’Alessandro was named an Officer of the Order of Canada in August 2003. He was named ‘Canada’s Most Respected CEO’ for 2004 and ‘Canada’s Outstanding CEO of the Year 2002’ by his peers for his contribution to business and the community. He is recipient of a 2005 Horatio Alger Award, and has also received a Special Lifetime Management Achievement Award from McGill University in February 2005, Concordia University’s Loyola Medal in May 2004, the University of Toronto’s Arbour Award in September 1999, and an Honourary Doctorate from Concordia University in June 1998. Mr. D’Alessandro was also made a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in 1993.
Under the leadership of Mr. Frank O’Halloran, QBE has experienced immense growth and is considered one of the greatest success stories in the insurance industry around the world. O’Halloran was directly responsible for over 125 acquisitions by the QBE Group over the last 20 years and the takeover of the Elders' insurance business in Australia is the latest acquisition in QBE’s growth strategy. QBE is now one of the 25 largest insurers in the world with operations in 45 countries deriving three-quarters of its revenue from outside Australia. QBE has been consistently in the top performers in terms of return on equity and combined operating ratio for the past seven years. QBE has negotiated the global financial crisis with extraordinary skill through its strategy of diversification by product, geographical exposure and conservative investments, which has been a vital ingredient in the Group’s success. Market capitalization of QBE Group is now over $22.5 billion, up over 10 times the companies’ value since O’Halloran took over the reigns as CEO. His vision and leadership have led to the establishment and introduction of the QBE Cultural Program, called OPENUPQBE, a program that is the cornerstone of ensuring that QBE’s teams throughout the world are focused on the qualities for leaders and the key value drivers for the business. The worth of the QBE Cultural Program cannot be underestimated, particularly as it has assisted with the integration of many diversified businesses over the past years and a very low turnover of the top 500 staff for many years.
Age 58, a senior economist, Chairman of the Board of Directors, and General Manager of PICC Holding. Mr. Tang joined The People’s Insurance Company of China (“PICC”) in 2000 as general manager. Mr. Tang has extensive financial regulatory experience by working in the regulatory authorities of the PRC financial and insurance industries. He was previously the vice chairman of the China Insurance Regulatory Commission, assistant president of the People’s Bank of China, and chairman of the Financial Industry Workers’ Union. Mr Tang graduated from Shaoyang Normal College of Hunan Province and has 41 years of experience in business operation and management and an in-depth knowledge of the PRC financial and insurance industries.
John Phelan is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of American Re-Insurance Company. Prior to assuming this position in March 2002, John was President and Director of Munich Reinsurance Company of Canada for 16 years. John worked for Guardian Insurance and Lukis Stewart Price Forbes in Montreal before joining Munich Re in February 1973.
John is a member of the Board of Management of Munich Reinsurance Company, the parent of American Re. John is also Vice Chairman of the Reinsurance Association of American (RAA) and a member of the Board of Trustees of the American Institute for Chartered Property Casualty Underwriters (AICPCU).
John is also Chairman of Munich Holdings Limited, Vice Chairman of Munich Reinsurance Company of Canada, Temple Insurance Company, Munich-Canada Management Corporation and a Director of Munich Life Management Corporation, Toronto.
John was educated at Patrician College in Ireland, and obtained his Fellowship from the Insurance Institute of Canada. He has earned an Associate in Risk Management from the Insurance Institute of America.
John and his wife Laurena live in Princeton, New Jersey with the youngest of their three children, Melinda.
Ron Pressman is President and CEO of GE Insurance, and Chairman, President and CEO of GE Insurance Solutions, one of the world’s largest reinsurance and insurance organizations.
In addition, Mr. Pressman serves as a member of the GE Corporate Executive Council reporting to GE CEO Jeff Immelt and as a director of GE Capital Services. He was elected an officer of the General Electric Company in 1993 and Senior Vice President in July 2000.
Mr. Pressman has held an array of roles in GE, leading GE Capital Real Estate as President and CEO from 1997 to 2000. Prior to that, he was CEO of GE Power Systems Europe and led several business units for GE Power Systems. In 1990 he assumed his first business leadership position as General Manager of GE’s Central and Eastern Europe operations based in London. Mr. Pressman began his career with GE in 1980.
Mr. Pressman currently chairs the Union Station Strategy Task Force in Kansas City and is Vice Chairman of the Kansas City Civic Council and a member of the boards of the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation, Pathways to College and ABC – A Better Chance. He has served on the Executive Board of the National Realty Committee and Wharton Real Estate Business School, as a member of the Hamilton College Board of Trustees from 1994 to 1998, and chaired Roots and Wings, a UK mentoring program. Mr. Pressman graduated from Hamilton College in Clinton, New York, in 1980.
GE Insurance Solutions is a group of companies that protects people, property and reputations. With more than $50 billion in combined assets, GE Insurance Solutions is one of the world’s leading providers of commercial insurance, reinsurance and risk management services.
Gregory A. Boyko is chairman and chief executive officer of Hartford Life International, Ltd., a subsidiary of The Hartford Financial Services Group Inc. (NYSE: HIG). Boyko is also executive vice president and a member of Hartford Life’s Senior Leadership Group, the executive management team that develops corporate policy for the company.
As chairman and CEO of Hartford Life International, Boyko is responsible for the expansion of Hartford Life’s lines of business – including life insurance, investment products and employee benefits – into the global marketplace. Hartford Life is the leading seller of variable annuities in Japan; is a leading provider of life insurance, employee benefits and personal savings products in Brazil; and is introducing a unit linked investment bond in the United Kingdom in 2005.
Boyko joined Hartford Life in 1995 as controller and in 1996 became the company’s chief financial officer and treasurer, where he was instrumental in preparing Hartford Life for its initial public stock offering in May 1997. He was named senior vice president and CEO of international in 1998, and was promoted to executive vice president in 2004.
Prior to joining Hartford Life, Boyko was senior vice president and CFO at ING American Life Insurance Co. Previously, he was a senior vice president and CFO at a major life insurance company. He began his career as a senior tax accountant at Ernst & Young.
Boyko is a graduate of the University of Connecticut and the University of Connecticut School of Law. He also holds a number of professional degrees, including the Certified Public Accountant, Chartered Life Underwriter, and Chartered Financial Consultant designations.
He is Honorary Consul General of Japan, a director of the World Affairs Council, chairman of the American Council of Life Insurers, a member of the Japan Society of New York, and a member of the Hartford Metro Chamber. In addition, he is a member of the Connecticut and American Bar Associations and the Connecticut Society of CPAs.
Mr. Douglas C. Henck has been the Chief Executive Officer for AEGON Asia at AEGON N.V. since January 1st 2011. Mr. Henck served as Vice Chairman of the Asian Corporate Governance Association since 2001. Mr. Henck served as the President of Sun Life Financial Asia, a subsidiary of Sun Life Financial Inc. and Sun Life Assurance Co. of Canada.
Ms Shikha Sharma is the Managing Director & CEO of ICICI Prudential Life Insurance Company.Â ICICI Prudential was amongst the first private sector companies in India to be awarded a life license in December 2000, and since its inception the company has established itself as Indiaâ€™s leading private life insurer, offering a complete range of products to meet the varying needs of the Indian customer.
Ms Sharma, completed her Masters of Business Administration from the Indian Institute of Management - Ahmedabad.
She began her career with ICICI, one of India's largest financial services providers, in 1980. She has been instrumental in setting up various group businesses for the company, including investment banking and retail finance.
Vincent Cheng Hoi Chuen has been Chairman of The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited since May 2005, and Chairman of HSBC Bank (China) Company Limited since March 2007.
Mr. Cheng joined the HSBC Group in 1978 when he worked in the Group Finance department of The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation. He moved to the Group Planning department in 1982, before he was appointed Chief Economist in 1986.
In April 1989, Mr. Cheng was seconded to the Hong Kong Government's Central Policy Unit and served as an adviser to the Governor of Hong Kong for two years. He rejoined HSBC in 1992 as Senior Manager, Economic and Strategic Research, before becoming the bank's Chief Financial Officer in 1994. He took up the post of General Manager in June 1995 and then Executive Director in November that same year.
Mr. Cheng was appointed Vice-Chairman and Chief Executive of Hang Seng Bank in 1998, and became Chairman of The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited on 25 May 2005. Mr. Cheng was also named Chairman of HSBC Bank (China) Company Limited when the company was locally incorporated in mainland China on 29 March 2007.
In January 2008, Mr. Cheng was appointed a member of the National Committee of the 11th Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), and a senior advisor to the 11th Beijing Municipal Committee of the CPPCC. His previous government advisory roles have included Member of the Executive Council (the Hong Kong Government's highest policy-making body) from 1995 to 1997 and a Hong Kong Affairs Adviser to the People's Republic of China from 1994 to 1997. He was also a Member of the Legislative Council of the Hong Kong Government from 1991 to 1995.
His current public service duties include serving as Chairman of the Standing Committee on Directorate Salaries and Conditions of Service for the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and Member of the Exchange Fund Advisory Committee of the Hong Kong Monetary Authority. He is also Honorary President of the Hong Kong Society for Rehabilitation.
In December 2005, Mr. Cheng was conferred the degree of Doctor of Social Science, honoris causa, by The Chinese University of Hong Kong and the degree of Doctor of Business Administration, honoris causa, by The Open University. In July 2005, Mr. Cheng was awarded the Gold Bauhinia Star by the Government of the HKSAR for his distinguished community service.
Mr. Cheng was educated in Hong Kong and in New Zealand, receiving his Bachelor of Social Science degree in Economics from The Chinese University of Hong Kong and a Master of Philosophy degree in Economics from The University of Auckland.
Brian Duperreault, age 64, is President and Chief Executive Officer of Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc, the premier global professional services firm providing advice and solutions in the areas of risk, insurance, strategy and human capital. Mr. Duperreault is a 35+ year insurance industry veteran who has served at the top of his profession in numerous leadership roles, including 10 years as chief executive officer of ACE Limited and a member of the company’s Board of Directors from 1994 until 2007. He served as executive Chairman of ACE until June 2006, when he retired as an employee and became non-executive Chairman. He served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of ACE from November 1999 through May 2004 and as Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer from October 1994 through November 1999. Prior to joining ACE, Mr. Duperreault had been employed with American International Group (AIG) since 1973, and served in various senior executive positions with AIG and its affiliates from 1978 until September 1994, including as Executive Vice President, Foreign General Insurance and, concurrently, as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of American International Underwriters Inc., (AIU) from April 1994 to September 1994. Mr. Duperreault was President of AIU from 1991 to April 1994, and Chief Executive Officer of AIG affiliates in Japan and Korea from 1989 until 1991.
Mr. Duperreault serves as Chairman of the Federal Advisory Committee on Insurance (FACI), and is a member of the board of directors of Tyco International Ltd., IESE Business School, the International Insurance Society, Centre on Philanthropy and the Insurance Information Institute. He also serves as Chairman of both the Board of Overseers of the School of Risk Management of St. John's University, and the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences. In 2011, Mr. Duperreault was inducted into the International Insurance Hall of Fame. Mr. Duperreault holds a B.S. in Mathematics from Saint Joseph’s University.
Mr. Dominic Leung joined Ping An in January 2004. Prior to this new appointment, he was the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Ping An Life Insurance Company of China Limited. Mr. Leung will be in charge of the property & casualty insurance, life insurance, annuity insurance, health insurance and other insurance-related businesses. His main duties will be to develop and implement the strategy for the Group’s insurance business as well as promote the overall development of the business in line with its overall development strategy.
Bill Bartlett is a director of Reinsurance Group of America Inc, RGA Reinsurance Company of Australia Limited, Suncorp-Metway Ltd, Retail Cube Limited, Money Switch Ltd and the Bradman Foundation and Museum (Honorary position).
He has had 35 years experience in accounting and was a partner of Ernst & Young in Australia for 23 years, retiring on 30 June 2003. He also has extensive experience in the actuarial, insurance and financial services sectors through membership of many industry and regulatory advisory bodies including the Life Insurance Actuarial Standards Board since 1994. Bill was appointed a consultant to the Treasury and the Financial Reporting Council in December 2004.
Steve has twenty-five years’ experience with KPMG in London, Tokyo and Hong Kong and became a partner in 1991. His key areas of expertise are insurance and banking including advising on cross-border transactions. He has project experience in virtually every Asia country. His clients are major multinational insurers and banks.
Steve interacts with the boards of directors and senior management of various financial services MNC, on regional and local Hong Kong issues and is a regular presenter at audit committees of such organizations.
Steve is a regular contributor to the Hong Kong media on financial services issues.
Tan Beng Lee is the Director & Group Chief Executive Officer of Great Eastern Holdings Limited. He is also the Chairman of Straits Lion Asset Management Limited - the Company’s asset management subsidiary, and the Director and Chief Executive Officer of Great Eastern Life Assurance Company Limited (GE Life) - the Company’s wholly-owned life insurance company.
Mr Tan joined GE Life as its Chief Executive Officer on 1 July 1996 and was appointed a Director in November 1997. He was also made Group Chief Executive Officer of Great Eastern Holdings when the latter was incorporated in 1999.
He has more than 25 years of senior management experience in the insurance industry, both internationally and locally. Prior to joining GE Life, he was the Second Vice President & Actuary at UNUM, a life insurance company in USA for 20 years. UNUM is the leader in disability insurance in USA.
He graduated from the then University of Singapore with First Class Honours in Bachelor of Science, and went on to obtain a Masters degree in Actuarial Science from the Northeastern University in Boston, USA. He is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries (an American professional association for actuaries), and a Member of the American Academy of Actuaries.
Richard Yuen joined the Administrative Service in August 1980. He has served in various bureaux and departments including the former Security Branch, the former Home Affairs Department, the former Urban Services Department, the former Home Affairs Branch, the former City and New Territories Administration, the former Councils and Administration Branch, the former Finance Branch, the former Chief Secretary's Office, and the former Economic Services Branch. He was Deputy Secretary for Economic Services from October 1996 to August 1999; Private Secretary to the Chief Executive from August 1999 to October 2002; Deputy Director in the Chief Executive's Office from March 2003 to October 2003; and Commissioner of Insurance from December 2003 to July 2006. He was the Deputy Secretary for Health, Welfare and Food from January 2007 to June 2007
Dr. Ho Ming Hui, Herbert, JP, FHKloD, LLB (HK) cb served as Head of Corporate Development, Banking and Strategic Planning of Ocean Grand Holdings Ltd. and was responsible for corporate development and future corporate banking and strategic planning. Mr. Hui spent five years in merchant banking, followed by over eight years in securities regulator business where he held the position of Deputy Chief Executive and Head of the Listing Division of the Stock Exchange and has extensive regulatory and commercial experience.
Mr. Hui has extensive commercial, management and corporate finance experience. From 1996 to 1999, Mr. Hui was a part time member of the Central Policy Unit of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. He has a background in merchant banking, security regulation, as well as extensive commercial and corporate experience. Mr. Hui is the Chairman of the Hong Kong Institute of Directors Ltd. He serves as Chairman of China Supply Company Ltd. He serves as Vice Chairman of First Vanguard Private Equity Ltd., and My Click Media Limited. He served as Deputy Chairman of Ocean Grand Holdings Ltd and Ocean Grand Chemicals Holdings Ltd. He served as Deputy Chairman of Interchina Holdings Company Ltd. since 2002. He has been an Independent Non-Executive Director of Citic 21cn Company Ltd. since November 16, 2005. He has been an Independent Non-Executive Director of Dynasty Fine Wines Group Ltd., since August 2004. Mr. Hui serves as an Independent Non-Executive Director of Pacific Concord Holding Ltd., and Hong Kong Cyberport Management Co. Ltd. He has been Executive Director of Ocean Grand Chemicals Holdings Ltd., since August 2002. He served as an Independent Non-Executive Director of Roly International Holdings Ltd. since 11 December 2003. He served as Executive Director of Ocean Grand Holdings Ltd. since May 2001. He served as an Independent Non-Executive Director of Hsin Chong Construction Group Ltd. from 1997 to January 23, 2008. He served as an Independent Non-executive Director of Bank of Communications from April 5, 2007 to January 8, 2007. He served as Director of Interchina Holdings Company Ltd. from August 2002 to August 26, 2006.
Mr. Hui holds a number of public positions as below: Member of the Operation Review Committee, Witness Protection Review Board Panel, Independent Commission Against Corruption: Director of the Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation; Committee Member of the Small & Medium Size Enterprises Corporation; Professional Services Advisory Committee of Hong Kong Trade Development Council, Advisory Committee on Human Resources Development in the Financial Services Sector; Vice Chairman of the Hong Kong Council for Academic Accreditation and Chairman of the Standards & Ethics Committee, HKIoD; Ethics Committee Member of Hong Kong Society of Accountants. Mr. Hui is also on the board of the Community Chest of Hong Kong and serves on the boards of a number of public and private companies. He was appointed a Justice of the Peace in Hong Kong in 2004. He is a member of the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
Mr. Hui holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from the School of Law, University of Hong Kong.
Andrew Power is a Partner of Deloitte in their UK consulting group, who specialises in working with Financial Services companies. He has overÂ twenty years of consulting experience, on strategic, organizational, operational and technology issues
In particular, he has extensive experience around strategic development, marketplace changes, industry economics and operational model transformation. He has worked over the past few years with most if the leading UK savings and investment institutions, and a number of the leading industry associations.Â Over his consulting career, he has spent extensive time working with Financial Institutions in North America and in Europe. This work has explored numerous growth initiatives within both developed and developing markets.
Mr. Power is a frequent presenter at industry conferences and contributor to financial publications. He presents and writes on topics such as future trends in Financial Services, best practices, using information technology for business advantage, and optimizing the business model. Recently he has been particularly active in thought leadership around pensions.
Mr. Power graduated from Cambridge University, United Kingdom in 1977.Â In 1982, he earned an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School where he was a Baker Scholar. Prior to joining Deloitte, he was a partner with Accenture and McKinsey & Co.
Trevor Matthews, an Australian, graduated from Macquarie University, Sydney, in 1972 with a degree in Actuarial Studies and then joined Legal & General Australia. He qualified as a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries in 1975 and completed his Masters in Actuarial Studies in 1978. During his 23-year career with Legal & General, Australia, he became Chief Actuary and in 1989 was appointed Managing Director, responsible for the profitable growth of the Australian subsidiary during the 1990s.
In 1996 Trevor joined the National Australia Bank as General Manager of Personal Financial Services responsible for all Australian retail banking operations, life insurance, financial planning, investment management, telephone banking, trustee and custodial services. He then moved to Manulife in Canada in 1998 to be Executive Vice President of Canadian Operations and Chairman of Manulife Bank. In this time he reorganised the business, expanded distribution, cut costs and improved the profits of the operation.
In 2001 Trevor moved to Japan to be President and Chief Executive Officer of the Manulife operation there. He helped turn around the business by expanding distribution, reducing costs, improving service and launching new products.
Trevor joined Standard Life in July 2004 as the Chief Executive for the UK Life and Pensions business and is overseeing the transformation of that business.
Trevor was named Actuary of the Year in Australia in 1989 and was President of the Institute of Actuaries of Australia in 1997, its centenary year. Trevor is married with one grown up and two small children. His interests include travel, reading and family activities.
Mr. Fung was appointed to this current role in 1997. He is a member of Aon Corporationâ€™s Policy Committee and is responsible for Aonâ€™s Asia Pacific operations headquartered in Hong Kong.Â Aon is the worldâ€™s largest insurance broker and has operations in 125 countries.Â It is a Fortune 500 company and listed on the New York and London Stock Exchange.
From 1994 to 1997, Mr. Fung served as chief executive officer of Inchcape Insurance Brokers in Asia which became part of Aon in 1997.Â
Prior to returning to Hong Kong in 1994, he headed Aonâ€™s Canadian retail broking operations in Toronto. Previously, he was global managing director of Aonâ€™s risk management consulting company, based in New York.
Mr. Fung has a Bachelorâ€™s degree in Commerce from St Maryâ€™s University in Halifax, Novia Scotia, Canada and qualified as a Chartered Accountant in Ontario, Canada in 1996.Â He attained his Associate in Risk Management (ARM) degree through the Insurance Institute of America, and completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Universityâ€™s graduate school of business administration.
Mr. Allan O'Bryant is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Yunzei Capital. He also serves as an External Adviser at Lehman Brothers Inc. Previously, Mr. O'Bryant was a President of AFLAC International Inc. since September 2000; President of aflacdirect.com Ltd. since May 2000; Deputy Chief Financial Officer of AFLAC Incorporated since September 2000. Mr. O'Bryant served as the Senior Vice President of AFLAC International Inc. from September 1999 until September 2000; Senior Vice President of AFLAC Japan from March 2000 until September 2000; Vice President of AFLAC International Inc. from January 1996 until September 1999; Vice President of AFLAC Japan from January 1999 until March 2000; General Manager of AFLAC Japan until January 1999.