Sally Wan promoted to Axa Hong Kong CEO

June 21 2019 by Andrew Tjaardstra

Sally Wan, chief strategy officer of Axa Hong Kong, will succeed Etienne Bouas-Laurent as chief executive of Axa Hong Kong from September, subject to regulatory approvals.

Wan (pictured) will report to Gordon Watson, chief executive of Axa Asia and replaces Bouas-Laurent who has been promoted to group deputy chief financial officer and will become a member of Axa’s management committee on September 1.

He has been at Axa for over 20 years working in a host of senior roles in France, Germany and Asia; when he starts the new role he will relocate to the the firm’s headquarters in Paris and on January 1 become group chief financial officer when Gérald Harlin, Axa’s deputy chief executive, chief financial officer, and a member of Axa’s management committee will retire.

Gordon Watson, chief executive of Axa Asia, who is based in Hong Kong, commented: “I would like to warmly thank [Bouas-Laurent] for his great contributions to Axa Hong Kong and for previously expanding the life, health and P&C business in the region.”

“I’m delighted to have Sally Wan taking over the Axa Hong Kong chief executive position. [Wan] has been integral in developing Axa Hong Kong’s strategy, and will, with her vision and commitment, be instrumental in strengthening our business in Hong Kong.”

Wan was previously a regional director at AIA in Hong Kong before joining Axa last year.