Manila ― Manulife Philippines, the local arm of international financial services provider Manulife, and Manulife China Bank Life Assurance Corporation (MCBL), the strategic alliance between Manulife Philippines and China Banking Corporation, announced the appointment of insurance veteran Neil Bowyer as MCBL’s new President and Chief Executive Officer. Manulife Philippines also appointed Aris Briones as its Chief Risk Officer. 

Bowyer will lead MCBL, the company’s bancassurance business, and will be part of MCBL’s Board of Directors as Executive Director. This is part of his mandate as Manulife Philippines’ Chief Partnership Distribution Officer, where he will be responsible for the strategic management for all distribution partnerships, relationship sales, and corporate solutions at Manulife Philippines. Prior to joining Manulife, Bowyer was the Director for Group Partnership Distribution at another multinational insurance firm. He also previously served as Manulife Singapore’s Chief Bancassurance Officer.

“As one of the high-performing bancassurance companies in the Philippines, I am confident that at MCBL, we’ll continue building strong legacies for future generations and help them enrich their lives and achieve their most important milestones,” Bowyer said. “As more Filipinos recognize the importance of financial security, and health and life protection, I also look forward to growing impactful partnerships with Manulife Philippines so that we can introduce more innovative and tailored financial solutions for all, and make their every day better.”

Manulife also announced the appointment of Aris Briones as its new Chief Risk Officer. He will oversee action plans, monitor risk positions, and act as a strategic advisor to the business. 

Briones, who joined Manulife from another global insurance group, previously led regional risk and internal audit organizations in Hong Kong and Vietnam. Prior to that, he also held positions in risk and compliance, risk advisory services, and audit at leading banking and consulting institutions.

“Recognizing Manulife’s long history of success in the Philippines and having been in the country for 115 years, I look forward to strengthening the company’s risk management efforts, as we continue to deliver on our commitments to our customers in today’s dynamic business landscape,” Briones said.

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