AXA Asian Markets names Head of Distribution Excellence

| 20 Aug 2019

Bharat Kannan has been appointed Head of Distribution Excellence, AXA Asian Markets.

He will be based in Hong Kong in AXA’s regional hub - the Asian Markets Office.

Mr Kannan will be a key member of AXA’s Distribution Hub team, working closely with entity C-Suite executives to analyse, define, plan, and execute long-term distribution transformation strategies for all distribution channels in Asia.

Prior to joining AXA, Bharat was an Executive Advisor in IBM Japan, where he supported a leading single product insurer to set up a new distribution channel and new product deployment in under six months.

During his time at IBM, he gained extensive training, certification and use in Agile frameworks (including Scrum), Enterprise Design Thinking, cloud innovation and cognitive process.

Before IBM, Bharat was with MetLife Asia from March 2015 to September 2018, where he spent most of his time as Chief Distribution Officer. While there, Bharat led the retail distribution across 10 markets in Asia. His accomplishments included the development and signing of MDRT exclusive partnership, incentive scheme effectiveness in tied agency channel, strategic exit of low-value channels, and the deployment of mobile sales solutions in select markets.

Bharat holds a Bachelor’s degree from Temple University, USA, and a Master of Science degree from DePaul University, USA.

He assumed his current position on 22 July 2019. He reports into Stephen Appleyard, AXA’s Head of Distribution in Asia.

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