Gordon Watson named Asia CEO at AXA

14 November 2017   Category: News, Asia, Global, Japan, France   By Asia Asset Management

French multinational insurance firm AXA has appointed Gordon Watson as chief executive officer (CEO) for Asia, including Japan. He has also been confirmed as a member of the management committee of the AXA Group.

Gordon Watson

Mr. Watson will assume the role on January 1 next year and will report to AXA CEO Thomas Buberl, who says in a November 13 statement: “I would like to welcome Gordon to AXA and look forward to working with him to expand our Asian Markets business, a key growth generator for the AXA Group. Gordon is an experienced and energetic leader who has a strong track record of delivering results.”

Mr. Watson has more than 30 years of experience in the insurance industry, most of it at AIG/AIA.

From 2011 to 2017, he was regional chief executive of AIA Group's operations in Hong Kong and Macau, Australia, the Philippines, Vietnam and New Zealand. During this time, he also led the group's corporate solutions, healthcare, partnership, and AIA Vitality businesses.

Between 2008 and 2010, Mr. Watson was the regional president for AIG Life Companies in Japan and Korea, and was also global executive vice chairman for ALICO responsible for the Japan business and overseeing 50 other countries for strategy, distribution, corporate solutions, product and marketing. His career with AIG/AIA included several other key senior roles based out of London, New York, Nairobi, Dubai, Tokyo, Seoul and Hong Kong.

AXA in Asia is a leading insurance player with an operational presence in Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Indonesia, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Thailand.