AXA Hong Kong Appoints Howard Pou as New Chief Agency Officer

40-year Insurance Industry Veteran Peter Lai to Retire

AXA Hong Kong announced today that, after a long working career in AXA Hong Kong, most recently as Chief Agency Officer, Peter Lai will retire on 31 December 2018.  Howard Pou is appointed as the new Chief Agency Officer and will come on board on 18 September 2018.  He will work closely with Peter Lai through the end of the year to ensure a smooth transition.

Etienne Bouas-Laurent, CEO of AXA Hong Kong, said of Peter’s retirement, “Peter is a well-respected leader and a trusted member of the AXA Hong Kong executive committee. I would like to thank him for his significant contributions in developing and leading a strong agency force to achieve remarkable results and milestones in past years. He will be missed.”

Howard Pou will officially succeed Peter as Chief Agency Officer on 1 January 2019.  Howard has held a number of senior positions in various major insurance companies in Hong Kong and China.  Prior to joining AXA, he was Senior Vice President of the Agency Management Office of an international insurance company in China.

Etienne said of the new hire, “Howard comes with extensive agency management experience, including recruitment, training, sales promotion, agency support and compensation design in leading insurance companies spanning  Hong Kong, Macau and Mainland China. I am confident that Howard will be an excellent leader for our agency business, further strengthening our proprietary distribution channel and setting new milestones for the company.”