Manulife Singapore appoints Naveed Irshad as CEO

Singapore – Manulife Singapore has appointed Naveed Irshad as its President and Chief Executive Officer, effective 26 May 2014.

Online PR News – 02-June-2014 – Singapore – Singapore – Manulife Singapore has appointed Naveed Irshad as its President and Chief Executive Officer, effective 26 May 2014.

Mr Irshad is responsible for the overall development of Manulife's business operations in Singapore. This includes three key business segments - life insurance, wealth management and retirement solutions.

Mr Irshad, a Canadian, has over 20 years of industry experience and has a deep understanding of the global life insurance industry. His most recent position was part of a global accounts team of an American reinsurer based in Toronto, Canada. His mandate included leveraging global and local expertise, tools and resources to partner with multinational life insurance companies to grow their overall protection-oriented new business. His expertise included global product development, risk management and pricing.

Prior to this, he worked at Manulife for 16 years in a variety of business roles in Toronto and Boston. Just prior to leaving Manulife in 2011, he held a corporate position as Senior Vice President, Product and Insurance Risk Management, responsible for new product and insurance risk, globally. He was responsible for reviewing and approving all material for new product and underwriting initiatives across all product lines at Manulife.

Mr Mark O’Dell, Senior Vice President & Regional Executive for Malaysia, Philippines & Singapore, ASEAN Operations said: “With Naveed’s business acumen, ability to execute multiple strategies, strong relationship management skills as well as his previous role with Manulife, I am confident he will prove to be invaluable in leading and growing Manulife Singapore.”

Mr Irshad is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries (FSA) and of the Canadian Institute of Actuaries (FCIA), and is a Member of the American Academy of Actuaries (MAAA). He is married with two sons.

About Manulife
Manulife is a leading Canada-based financial services group with principal operations in Asia, Canada and the United States. Clients look to Manulife for strong, reliable, trustworthy and forward-thinking solutions for their most significant financial decisions. Our international network of employees, agents and distribution partners offers financial protection and wealth management products and services to millions of clients. We also provide asset management services to institutional customers. Funds under management by Manulife and its subsidiaries were approximately C$635 billion (US$574 billion) as at March 31, 2014. Our group of companies operates as Manulife in Canada and Asia and primarily as John Hancock in the United States.

Manulife Financial Corporation trades as ‘MFC’ on the TSX, NYSE and PSE, and under ‘945’ on the SEHK. Manulife can be found on the Internet at

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