Manulife has announced the appointment of Pankaj Banerjee as its new Chief Distribution Officer, Asia. His appointment is effective 24 September 2021.
Mr Banerjee joins Manulife’s Asia division executive committee reporting to Manulife Asia president and CEO Anil Wadhwani and will also be a member of the company’s global leadership team.
He will be responsible for growing, developing, and digitising Manulife’s agency force across its Asia markets. He will also focus on further strengthening Manulife’s bancassurance capabilities, while driving the adoption of digital channels and tools.
He succeeds Vibha Coburn, who currently serves as CEO of Manulife Malaysia.
Mr Banerjee brings with him over 20 years of experience in the insurance industry across Asia and joins Manulife from AIA, where he most recently served as CEO, Group Partnership Distribution, covering all markets of AIA Group.
He was previously CEO of AIA Sri Lanka, where he led various business transformation initiatives, including the development of a full-time quality agency model. Before AIA, he was with Prudential for nearly 10 years working across Southeast Asia, including serving as the founding CEO of Prudential Cambodia.