In the new role, Philip Hampden-Smith will be responsible for agency development, channel development, communications and branding, wealth management and product strategy for Manulife’s operations in 11 territories across Asia.
Hampden-Smith joined Manulife in Hong Kong in 1996 as chief executive of investment operations. In 2006 he was appointed general manager, South East Asia, heading up seven markets. Manulife said under Hampden-Smith’s leadership, the company has rapidly expanded in the region, nearly tripling the size of its agency and entering into a range of major strategic alliances.
He will continue to be based in Singapore and report directly to Robert Cook, CEO of Manulife Asia.