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

Hong Kong, 22 April, 2015 – FWD Group today announced the appointment of John Baird as a Non-Executive Director to the Board, effective 30 April 2015. Mr Baird 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," Mr Baird 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."

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About John Baird 
Mr. Baird 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.  Mr. Baird was first elected to the House of Commons in 2006, and re-elected in 2008 and 2011. 

About FWD Group 
FWD’s business spans Hong Kong, Macau, Thailand and the Philippines, offering life insurance services, as well as general insurance, employee benefits and financial planning in Hong Kong. In addition, FWD has a brand presence in Indonesia. FWD’s focus is to leverage technology to enhance customer experience, deliver innovative products, and invest in talent to create a leading pan-Asian life insurer that changes the way people feel about insurance.

FWD Group is the insurance business arm of the investment group, Pacific Century Group.

For more information please visit www.fwd.com.

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