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FWD Group announces appointment of John Baird as Non­-Executive Director

22 April 2015 | Hong Kong
FWD Group today announced the appointment of John Baird as a Non-Executive Director to the Board, effective 30 April 2015. John brings with him extensive experience in international affairs, having most recently been Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and previous to that President of the Treasury Board. His credentials complement an already strong bench of FWD’s existing Board members and experienced management team.

"We are pleased to welcome John to FWD’s Board," said the Hon. Ronald Arculli, Chairman of FWD Group. "As we build a world-class Asia-focused insurance business, the insight and experience of a globally diverse board is vital. John is an extremely strong addition with his depth of experience in international relations and building partnerships, combined with his solid expertise in the public sector, understanding and addressing public expectations."

"I am very excited for the opportunity to work with the FWD team," John added. "FWD is a dynamic insurer in the Asian market that aims to further support industry growth through delivering enhanced customer experiences and innovative customer-led propositions. I look forward to helping FWD extend its role as a leading pan-Asian insurer."

About John Baird

John was between May 2011 and January 2015, Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, where he served as a key driver for foreign policy engagement including in Asia, supported building cross-border partnerships, provided development assistance and strengthened economic engagement for Canada. Prior to that, he served in a number of positions within the federal cabinet, including as the President of the Treasury Board, Minister of Environment, as well as Minister of Transport, and Communities. John was first elected to the House of Commons in 2006, and re-elected in 2008 and 2011.
About FWD Group

Established in Asia in 2013 with a trailblazer mentality, FWD is the primary insurance business of investment group, Pacific Century Group

FWD Group spans 10 markets in Asia including Hong Kong SAR & Macau SAR, Thailand, Indonesia, the Philippines, Singapore, Vietnam, Japan, Malaysia and Cambodia, offering life and medical insurance, general insurance, employee benefits, Shariah and family takaful products across a number of its markets.

FWD is focused on creating fresh customer experiences and making the insurance journey simpler, faster and smoother, with innovative propositions and easy-to-understand products, supported by digital technology. Through this customer-led approach, FWD aims to be a leading pan-Asian insurer by changing the way people feel about insurance.

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