The Association of International Life Offices (AILO) held its annual general meeting recently in October, in a virtual environment for the first time.
The association's members unanimously approved a number of appointments:
• New deputy chair, John McNamara, Canada Life International Assurance (Ireland) DAC, who replaces Dara Hurley of Octium Life DAC
• Inge de Wolf, Swiss Life, is re-elected as a members' representative (Luxembourg)
• Dara Hurley becomes a members' representative (Ireland).
Bob Pain, AILO's CEO, said: “At AILO we strive to deliver value to our membership and rise to today's challenges. We are able to do this through the efforts of our committees and leadership team. I am delighted to welcome John to the team and also that Dara will continue for at least a further two years.
“We have a super blend of people on our committees who have one aim: to promote the international cross border life and wealth management industry. I thank each and every one for their dedication and energy!”
Formally accepting the role of Deputy Chair, John McNamara said: “Thank you for the opportunity to work with the rest of the Management Team to help develop AILO further.
“The latest initiatives that AILO has launched, especially in the eLearning programme, the Champions' sessions and the focus on diversity and inclusion, will ensure we remain current and relevant to the membership and I look forward to playing my part in AILO's future.”
The 2020 James Ball Memorial award was given to Dara Hurley, in recognition of his service to AILO as deputy chair and interim chair. Whilst in those roles he supported AILO through the provision of a new treasurer and secretariat, as well as the introduction of a number of new members.
He was an integral part of the management team that developed the latest strategic direction of AILO and instigation of the Diversity & Inclusion and Champions’ initiatives.
The James Ball Memorial award was instigated by AILO in memory of James Ball, a founder of the international industry and AILO, who died suddenly in May 2005. This annual award is given to the individual who has, in the opinion of AILO's members, made a significant contribution to the international and cross-border life industry.
Accepting the award, Mr Hurley said: “I am very grateful for this unexpected recognition and pleased to be able to continue to work with AILO's management team as a Members' Representative.”
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