Swiss Re appoints Adelyn Chen as Chief Financial Officer for Asia

01 July 2009, Hong Kong

Swiss Re today announced the appointment of Adelyn Chen as Chief Financial Officer for its Asia Division. Ms Chen, who brings 14 years of insurance audit and business advisory experience, will oversee all finance related functions for the company’s 10 offices in the region, and become a member of the Asia Management Team in Hong Kong.

Ms Chen joined Swiss Re in February 2009 as Head of Finance for Hong Kong, Korea and Taiwan.  She was previously an Executive Director in the Audit and Business Advisory division of PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) in Malaysia where she focused on all aspects of the insurance business, including Takaful.  Her strong accounting, advisory and governance background and previous involvement in M&A transactions are well suited to the challenges in her new Asian role.  

Ms Chen started her career with PwC in Malaysia in 1995 specialising in auditing of insurance companies.  She relocated to Singapore in 1999 to join KPMG where she was assigned to manage the audit of one of the largest UK-based life insurance companies in Singapore and Hong Kong.  In 2002, Ms Chen re-joined PwC in Malaysia and was tasked to develop the business advisory services for the insurance and Takaful sector.

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Swiss Re

Swiss Re is a leading and highly diversified global reinsurer. The company operates through offices in more than 20 countries. Founded in Zurich, Switzerland, in 1863, Swiss Re offers financial services products that enable risk-taking essential to enterprise and progress. The company’s traditional reinsurance products and related services for property and casualty, as well as the life and health business are complemented by insurance-based corporate finance solutions and supplementary services for comprehensive risk management. Swiss Re is rated “A+“ by Standard & Poor’s, “A1” by Moody’s and “A” by A.M. Best.

Swiss Re has been associated with Asia since 1913 and has been present in China since 1995, opening its branch in Beijing in 2003 to offer a full range of reinsurance products and services.  Swiss Re’s Asian headquarters are in Hong Kong, and the company today employs about 1,000 staff throughout the Asia-Pacific region.