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FWD welcomes Ryan Kim as Group Chief Digital Officer

23 May 2019 | Hong Kong

Newly-created role to transform insurer’s digital journeys for customers and employees

FWD Group (“FWD”) today announced the appointment of Ryan Jong Hoon Kim as Group Chief Digital Officer. In this newly-created role, Ryan will lead FWD’s digital transformation both externally for customers and internally for its employees. Based in Hong Kong, Ryan will report to Rob Schimek, Managing Director & Group Chief Operating Officer.

Ryan brings with him nearly 20 years of experience working in digital strategy roles in the financial services industry. He joins from a leading multinational bank where he had spent the last nine years managing various digital initiatives in Asia. Prior to joining FWD, Ryan was Managing Director & Regional Head of Digital for Greater China & North Asia, where he was the responsible for the digital strategy and business transformation for the bank, spearheading innovation across the North Asia region.

Earlier on in his career, Ryan spent nearly eight years in management consulting specialising in technology, during which he consulted on several executive-level programmes in more than eight countries for industry-leading clients in the insurance, high-tech and telecoms sectors.

Rob said: “We’re extremely excited to welcome Ryan to the team. His wealth of experience in digital roles within the financial services industry across Asia will seamlessly complement FWD’s vision of changing the way people feel about insurance. Ryan’s leadership will be core in shaping our internal and external efforts to enhance our customer-led and digital-enabled experiences and offerings.”

Ryan added: “I’m thrilled to be joining the fastest-growing and most digitally-enabled insurance trailblazer in Asia. FWD’s footprint and the region’s changing dynamics offer numerous digital opportunities to be embraced. I look forward to supporting FWD in realising its vision and becoming an insurer of the future.”

Ryan earned his MBA from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business and his Bachelor of Engineering in Information System from Monash University, Australia.

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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