40 Finalists for 17th Asia Insurance Industry Awards announced

Source: eDaily | 30 Aug 2013

With insurance in Asia booming and more being expected of insurers, the Asia Insurance Industry Awards, a recognition by peers, has become a much sought after trophy. This year’s 40 finalists for the 13 categories are:

Category Company
Broker of the Year Howden Insurance Brokers (S) Pte Limited
JLT Asia
Unison Insurance Broking Services Pvt Ltd
Corporate Social Responsibility Award Catlin Group Limited
Dai-ichi Life Insurance Company of Vietnam Ltd
Muang Thai Life Assurance Public Company Limited
Educational Service Provider of the Year The Australian and New Zealand Institute of Insurance and Finance
The Malaysian Insurance Institute
The Non-Life Insurance Institute of Japan
General Insurance Company of the Year AIG Asia Pacific Insurance Pte Ltd
Cathay Century Insurance
HDFC ERGO General Insurance Company Limited
MSIG Holdings (Asia) Pte Ltd
General Reinsurer of the Year Munich Re
Swiss Reinsurance Company Ltd
Innovation of the Year AIA Singapore Private Limited
AIG APAC Holdings Pte Ltd
Aon Benfield
Life Insurance Company of the Year AIA Group
Fubon Life Insurance Co Ltd
Great Eastern Life Assurance Co Ltd
Life Reinsurer of the Year RGA Reinsurance Company
SCOR Global Life
Swiss Reinsurance Co Ltd
Reinsurance Broker of the Year Aon Benfield
Guy Carpenter
Interlink Insurance & Reinsurance Brokers Pvt Ltd
Risk Manager of the Year China Pacific Property Insurance Co Ltd
Dr. Sutee Mokkhavesa, Muang Thai
Raymond Cheung Wai Man
Service Provider of the Year BELFOR (Asia) Pte Ltd
Cunningham Lindsey Thailand
MSH International
Technology Initiative of the Year Apollo Munich Health Insurance
MetLife Asia Pacific Limited
Shin Kong Financial Holdings
Personality of the Year Award Evelina Fadil Pietruschka
G Srinivasan
Stuart Fraser

As part of its extensive deliberations, a total of 23 out of the Judging Panel of 33 distinguished industry leaders and regulators met the finalists for a face to face interview yesterday in Singapore to carefully select the winners.

The judges were impressed with the passion and commitment and quality of several of the candidates who showed up including Group CEOs and senior managers.

The Awards, hosted by Asia Insurance Review to recognise and salute excellence among insurers, has for over 17 years been a highlight of the insurance annual calendar and is supported by several big names in the industry.

The finalists will be announced on 6th November at a Gala Dinner to be held in conjunction with the 12th SIRC at the Marina Bay Sands.

The Panel of judges:

  • Alan Wilson, Regional Chief Executive Officer, MSIG Holdings (Asia) Pte Ltd
  • Annie Choi, Commissioner of Insurance, Hong Kong
  • Arthur Lee, Chief Executive & Executive Director, Tokio Marine Asia Pte Ltd
  • Ashok Kumar Roy, Chairman-cum-Managing Director, GIC Re
  • Bernd Kohn, CEO & Principal Officer, Munich Reinsurance Company Singapore
  • Chai Sophonpanich, Chairman & President, Bangkok Insurance Public Co Ltd
  • Chris Colahan, Regional Chief Executive Officer, Asia, RSA Asia Management Office Pte Ltd
  • Christopher Ho, Chairman, Singapore Reinsurers’ Association
  • Christopher Townsend, Head of Asia Region, Metlife Limited
  • David L Fried, Chief Executive Officer, QBE Asia Pacific
  • Gaelle Olivier, Chief Executive Officer, AXA Asia General Insurance
  • Geoff Riddell, Member of the Group Executive Committee, Chairman – APMEA Zurich Insurance Group Ltd.
  • Jack Tai En Shiang, Vice President, East Asian Insurance Congress & Chairman, The Insurance Society of the R.O.C.
  • Katsuo Matsushita, Special Advisor & Liaison Officer for Japan & East Asia, The Geneva Association
  • Kent Chaplin, Head of Asia Pacific & Managing Director, Lloyd’s Asia
  • Leslie J Mouat, Immediate Past Chairman, Chartis Asia Pacific
  • Malcolm Steingold, Chief Executive Officer, Aon Benfield Asia Pacific
  • Mark Newman, Chief Executive Officer, Asia Pacific, Catlin Singapore Pte Ltd
  • Mark Saunders, Regional Managing Director, Asia Pacific, Insurance Sector and Risk Consulting & Software Practice Leader, Towers Watson
  • Jonathan Zhao, Partner, Asia Pacific Insurance Leader & Head of Asia Pacific Actuarial Services, Asia, Ernst & Young
  • Pravej Ongartsittgul, Secretary-General, Office of Insurance Commission, Thailand
  • Richard Austen, Chairman, Reinsurance Brokers’ Association (Singapore)
  • Sharon Ooi, Managing Director & Principal Officer, Swiss Reinsurance Company Singapore Branch
  • Tetsuro Kanda, Toa Re, Managing Director, The Toa Reinsurance Co Ltd
  • Tony Cheng, Chief Executive Officer, Hong Kong and Southeast Asia & Senior Vice President, Head of Asia, RGA Reinsurance Company

International Judges:

  • Gregory Maciag, President & Chief Executive Officer, ACORD
  • Jan P Mumenthaler, Head-Insurance Services Group, International Finance Corporation
  • John H Fitzpatrick, Secretary General, The Geneva Association
  • Michael J Morrissey, President and CEO, International Insurance Society
  • Patrick Liedtke, Managing Director & Head of Financial Institutions Group-EMEA, BlackRock
  • Roger Sellek, Chief Executive Officer, A.M.Best – EMEA & Asia Pacific
  • Stephen Collins, Chief Executive Officer, ReMark Group
  • Yassir Albaharna, Chief Executive Officer, Arab Insurance Group