HSBC’s Mark Tucker becomes insurer’s chairman

Key arrival has been a group CEO at Prudential and AIA

HSBC’s Mark Tucker becomes insurer’s chairman

Insurance News

By Terry Gangcuangco

Mark Tucker, the non-executive group chairman of London-headquartered HSBC, is about to take on a similar role at an insurer.

The seasoned executive, who was group chief executive of Prudential Plc from 2005 to 2009 and of AIA Group Limited from 2010 to 2017, has been named as independent non-executive chair and director at insurer Discovery. Tucker is succeeding Monty Hilkowitz, who is retiring at the end of February 2019.

“Mr Tucker has had a long relationship with Discovery, spanning over 13 years, commencing during Discovery’s JV with the Prudential, continuing through its first Vitality partnership with AIA, and then as a member of Discovery’s international advisory board since 2014,” noted the South African firm, which also operates in the UK, the US, Asia, Australia, and Europe.

“The appointment to the board as chair marks the natural progression of this relationship, given where Discovery currently stands in its globalisation process. The board believes that Mr Tucker’s substantial global and institutional experience will be very valuable to the group in this expansion, and welcomes his formal succession to the board at this time.”

Tucker, who also served on the Court of the Bank of England as a non-executive director from 2009 to 2012, brings more than three decades of financial services industry experience from Asia, the US, and the UK.

“I am very pleased to join the Discovery board,” he said. “I know the company well as a result of my long history with Discovery and I have a deep connection with, and commitment to, South Africa.

“I am looking forward to working with my colleagues on the board and to supporting [chief executive] Adrian [Gore] and the Discovery team as they continue to deliver their strategy.”


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