Allianz recruits Asia life and health CEO from AIA

June 12 2019 by Andrew Tjaardstra

Allianz has appointed Anusha Thavarajah, former chief executive of AIA Malaysia, as the insurer’s chief executive of life and health for Asia Pacific.

She replaces Renate Wagner, who left the role in March to become chief human resources officer for Allianz in Munich.

Starting her new role in the fourth quarter she will become responsible for the profit and loss and functional development of Allianz’s life & Health business in Asia — advancing the segment’s strong growth to meet Allianz Asia’s long-term strategic priorities in the region.

Based in Allianz’s regional head office in Singapore, Thavarajah will report to Allianz Asia Pacific regional chief executive Solmaz Altin and serve as a member of the Allianz Asia Pacific regional executive board.

Altin commented: “As a key member of our senior regional leadership team, Anusha’s significant experience in insurance and management, plus strong track record for driving innovation and delivering on customer-focused business strategies, will be a vital resource for the business in pursuit of our growth ambitions across the region.”

Thavarajah has almost 30 years’ experience from the financial services industry having served in senior leadership roles in Hong Kong, Malaysia and the UK across health, life and takaful in actuarial, finance, operations and product development.

Thavarajah’s left her role at AIA yesterday (June 11).