Manulife HK taps two to bolster leadership team

Both hires will report to CEO Patrick Graham

Manulife HK taps two to bolster leadership team

Insurance News

By Kenneth Araullo

Manulife Hong Kong has strengthened its leadership suite with the addition of Thaddeus Yu (pictured right), who will be taking up the chief strategy officer post, and Alice Li (pictured left), who is joining as the new chief communications officer. These additions, according to the insurer, are testament to the firm’s ongoing commitment to expanding its strategic and communication capabilities.

Succeeding Carrie Tong, Yu will be responsible for setting the overall strategic priorities of Manulife’s Hong Kong and Macau business. Yu is a qualified actuary with over 15 years of experience in various local and regional positions at Cigna, AIA, and Bank of Montreal Insurance. Yu joined Manulife in 2021.

Yu also holds a bachelor of mathematics in actuarial science and statistics from the University of Waterloo and is a fellow of the Society of Actuaries (FSA). He holds a master’s degree in economics from the University of Hong Kong and a master of laws from the University of London.

Li will be responsible for leading strategy development for external and internal communication goals, as well as building corporate reputation and a culture of pride and promoting the firm’s global impact agenda. Li comes to the role with more than 20 years of experience in corporate and marketing communications, joining Manulife in 2020. Prior to joining the firm, Li held positions with various global brands such as Shell, SmarTone-Vodafone, Microsoft, and AXA.

Li graduated from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University with a bachelor’s degree in language and communication. She also has a master of business administration degree from the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

In their new leadership roles, both hires will report to Manulife Hong Kong and Macau CEO Patrick Graham.

“With their extensive knowledge of our company's strategic priorities and their functional expertise, I am confident that the talented new members of our senior management team will be pivotal in driving us towards achieving our ambitions in Hong Kong, Macau and the broader GBA markets as we embark on the next phase of our growth agenda. Their appointments also highlight our ongoing commitment to harnessing top talent through an active leadership development pipeline,” Graham said.

Earlier this year, the insurer appointed Anne-Maree Tassell as chief operations officer for Asia.

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