For the first time in the 44-year history of the Life Insurance Association of Malaysia (LIAM), a female President has been elected.
Ms Anusha Thavarajah, CEO of AIA Bhd, was unanimously elected as LIAM new President at the 44th Annual General Meeting held on 30 March 2018, succeeding Mr Toi See Jong who had completed his three-year term as President. She will lead the LIAM Management Committee for the term 2018/2019.
Anusha was appointed to head AIA Bhd, a leading life insurer in Malaysia with total assets worth MYR51 billion (US$13.2 billion) at 30 November 2017. In addition to its three main business lines – Agency, Partnership Distribution and Corporate Solutions, Anusha is also responsible for AIA’s General Insurance, Pension and Asset Management, and Health Services units, as well as AIA PUBLIC Takaful Bhd, AIA’s jointly owned takaful company with Public Bank and Public Islamic Bank.
Anusha’s career in insurance spans over 25 years and began in the United Kingdom. She returned to Malaysia in 2002 and held several leadership roles in AIA and ING, including as AIA’s Deputy General Manager of Operations, Finance and Actuarial where she played a key role in the successful integration of AIA and ING’s businesses in Malaysia. Prior to her CEO appointment, Anusha was Regional Business Development Director at AIA Group Limited, where she provided strategic leadership to AIA’s businesses in Southeast Asia.
Anusha graduated with First Class Honours in Mathematics and Statistics from the University of Birmingham. She is also a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries, United Kingdom.