FWD Appoints David Wong as Chairman of FWD Vietnam

FWD’s CEO, HK & Macau, and EVP, FWD Greater China, to oversee expansion in Vietnam

VIETNAM, 26 September 2016 – FWD Group (“FWD”), the insurance arm of Asia-based Pacific Century Group and recent entrant to the Vietnam market with the acquisition of Great Eastern Life, today announced the appointment of David Wong as Chairman of FWD Vietnam.

David, who is currently Chief Executive Officer, HK & Macau and Executive Vice President, Greater China, joined FWD in 2013. He has over 30 years of experience in the insurance industry and has worked extensively across Asia, including as CEO of Manulife, Vietnam. He is also an expert on pension reform across Asia and has advised a number of ASEAN regulators on rural financial inclusion and micro-insurance development as part of his role in the United Nations Development Program.

Huynh Thanh Phong, CEO, FWD Group said, “David has been instrumental in the development of FWD since its formation, so we are delighted to have him chair our newest country operation in Vietnam. David’s extensive management experience and knowledge of the local market will be invaluable as we expand the business and achieve our objective of becoming a leading insurer in Vietnam.”

As Chairman of FWD Vietnam, David will oversee FWD's business in Vietnam as well as provide insight and counsel on the regulatory environment, internal risk management and business opportunities in Vietnam.

David Wong commented, “This is an exciting growth period for Vietnam’s insurance industry. We already have an established business in Vietnam following our acquisition of Great Eastern Life Vietnam and recent partnership with AB BANK. Looking forward, we will focus our efforts on growing the business to become the leading insurer in Vietnam.”

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About FWD Group

FWD Group spans Hong Kong & Macau, Thailand, Indonesia, the Philippines, Singapore and Vietnam, offering life and medical insurance, general insurance and employee benefits across a number of its markets.

FWD is focused on creating fresh customer experiences, with easy-to-understand products, supported by leading digital technologies. Through this customer-led approach, FWD will achieve its vision to become the leading pan-Asian insurer that changes the way people feel about insurance.

Established in Asia in 2013, FWD is the insurance business arm of investment group, Pacific Century Group.

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