Influential women in re/insurance: re/insurers and brokers
OF OF 2017
Company: XL Catlin
Job title: Head of Northern Asia and operating director
Asia-Pacific for reinsurance
2015: Head of Northern Asia and operating director
Asia-Pacific for reinsurance, XL Catlin, Singapore
1996: Senior vice president/general manager,
XL Re (Singapore)
What has been the highlight of your career so far?
To be given the job to run our Asia-Pacific reinsurance
operation and be one of the very few senior women in
reinsurance in Singapore.
What has been the biggest challenge you have encountered?
During the 2008 financial crisis the market was really
challenging, but we rose to the occasion and rode out the
If you had chosen a different profession/career path, what
would it have been?
To be a teacher. I also have a secret desire to be a famous
singer—in my next life!
Ann Chua is head of Northern Asia and operating director
Asia-Pacific for reinsurance at XL Catlin, based in Singapore.
She carries the dual role of business development for China,
Hong Kong, South Korea and Taiwan as well as operations
management for Asia-Pacific. She is also chair of the board
of XL Insurance (China).
Chua joined the company in 1996 and held the position of
senior vice president/general manager of XL Re (Singapore),
in charge of Asia-Pacific before the acquisition of Catlin
Group by XL Group in May 2015.
She has more than 30 years of industry experience which
includes direct insurance and reinsurance. Prior to joining
XL Re, she was assistant general manager and senior
underwriting manager with Frankona Reinsurance Asia-
Pacific and personal lines manager with Provincial Insurance
Singapore, a British insurance company.
Chua is an executive committee member of the Singapore
Reinsurers’ Association and has served on the committee for
a number of years. She is a senior associate of the Australian
and New Zealand Institute of Insurance and Finance.
Why did you choose to work in this industry?
I started my career in direct insurance but found the
reinsurance market more interesting because of the regional
experience it provides.
The challenges of the various Asia-Pacific markets—due
to their different states of development coupled with the
cultural diversity—also make the job more dynamic and
“During the 2008 financial crisis the
market was really challenging, but we
rose to the occasion and rode out the
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