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May 2014

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Interviews


Great Eastern Life: Delivering on Indonesia's great promise

Great Eastern Life Indonesia is confident of crafting its niche in a competitive market place as it seeks to put in place a fully professional distribution force. CEO Ivan Chak tells us his plans for this attractive market. By Ridwan Abbas

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Ageas: "Insurance is by definition a very local business"

Mr Jozef De Mey, Chairman of Ageas, with his long service in international insurance, is one of the driving forces behind the founding and growth of the insurer's Asian activities. In this extracted interview, he speaks candidly about the reasons behind the group's Asian expansion, and the challenges and opportunities for insurance in Asia.


Swiss Re Corporate Solutions: Gunning for a slice of the pie

Swiss Re Corporate Solutions recently made its foray into the saturated but lucrative direct commercial insurance market in Asia, with the setup of the Swiss Re International SE Singapore Branch. Messrs Fred Kleiterp, Head of Asia Pacific and Managing Director, and Rudolf Flunger, CMO Corporate Solutions and Member of the Group Management Board, give insight into the new entity's focus as well as the group's plans for Asia. By Dawn Sit

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Worldwide Broker Network: Linked up for success

Brokers worldwide face a perennial challenge to define themselves in the insurance industry, as they contend with alternative distribution channels and cope with a lack of trained talent, among other issues. In this exclusive interview, Mr Bruce Basso, CEO of Worldwide Broker Network (WBN) and Mr Damien Honan, CEO of Honan Insurance Group Pty Ltd and an Asia/Pacific Board Member of WBN, share how aligning with a broker network could offer independent players an edge over the intense competition in the industry. By Dawn Sit

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PwC: Fit for the future

Winners in the future are those best able to connect with digitally-savvy customers, and make insurance attractive enough to be bought, says Mr David Law, Global Leader, Insurance, for PwC. By Ridwan Abbas

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BlackRock: The search for yields

In today's investment arena, insurers have at their disposal a whole host of instruments that they can use to improve their asset portfolio returns. But the crux of the matter is to develop the right investment strategy, in order to achieve a successful portfolio. Mr David Lomas, Head of Global Financial Institutions Group at BlackRock, shares tips on developing strategy, current investment trends and his thoughts on the ideal partnership. By Dawn Sit

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