Mr. Victor Apps retired from his executive position with Manulife Financial in December 2006. At that time he was Senior Executive Vice President and General Manager, Asia, responsible for Manulife Financial’s insurance and mutual fund operations in Asia. He was also a member of the Company’s Executive Committee.
Mr. Apps was from 1990 to 1996 the Chairman of Manulife-Sinochem (Zhong Hong) Life Insurance Company Limited, the first joint venture insurance company to be approved in the People’s Republic of China. He led Manulife’s team negotiating entry to China and oversaw Manulife-Sinochem’s rapid growth.
Mr. Apps was also responsible for Manulife’s operations in Japan , Hong Kong, Macau, Indonesia, the Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Vietnam, Malaysia and Thailand .
Mr. Apps received an MA in Mathematics in 1970 from Cambridge University, England. Later that year, he joined Manulife Financial in Canada as a Computer Programmer Analyst and received a series of promotions before being appointed as Administrative Vice President in 1981.
In March 1985, Mr. Apps was appointed to the position of General Manager, Manulife Indonesia and seconded to Jakarta, Indonesia.
Mr. Apps moved to Hong Kong in 1988 and assumed increasing responsibilies within Manulife before becoming General Manager for Asia in 1997.
Mr. Apps was voted “Insurance Personality of the Year” at the Asia Insurance Industry Awards 1999. He was elected Chairman of the Employer’s Federation of Hong Kong in May 2002.
Mr. Apps has retired in Hong Kong with his wife Leona.