SOURCE: Pacific Insurance Conference

November 22, 2013 08:00 ET

26th Pacific Insurance Conference an Outstanding Success

HONG KONG, CHINA--(Marketwired - Nov 22, 2013) -  The most recent Pacific Insurance Conference (PIC), themed "Winning Strategies for the Next Generation," exceeded the challenge of providing the 342 senior insurance company executives with ideas, insights and approaches to ponder.

The Conference, the 26th since its inception 50 years ago, was held Oct. 27-30, 2013 in Hong Kong. Attendees from 24 countries came together for the four-day event. The strong programme and speakers, lively workshops and outstanding social events generated extremely positive attendee feedback -- indeed, the best ratings in the PIC's history. As just one indication, 89.9% of delegates indicated that they would recommend PIC attendance to other colleagues.

Among the critical industry issues explored during the Conference's 23 sessions were: 'Winning Products and Services', 'Winning New Players and Alliances', 'Imperatives in Retirement Savings', 'Satisfying Tomorrow's Customer Needs', and 'Future Opportunities in Health Insurance'. The impacts of new technologies and the world of social media were also examined in several presentations. Conference materials can be downloaded by delegates from the PIC's password-protected website.

Work has already begun on the 2015 Pacific Insurance Conference meeting. This Conference, the PIC's 27th, will be held in Manila, Philippines, in late November 2015. Suggestions for topics or speakers for the 2015 programme would be appreciated by the PIC Board. Please e-mail with suggestions or for more information.

New Chairman Elected
At the PIC's Board of Directors meeting, held during the conference, the Board selected Gary M. Comerford, Chief Marketing Officer of Reinsurance Group of America, Incorporated, as Chairman and CEO of the PIC, with immediate effect. Mr. Comerford, a long-time active contributor to the PIC and current Chairman of the PIC Advisory Board, Canada, succeeds Mel Gottlieb, now Chairman Emeritus of the PIC, who served as Chairman and CEO of the organization for the past 10 years.

"I am honored to have been named to succeed Mel Gottlieb," said Mr. Comerford. "Over the past decade, Mel has provided extraordinary leadership to the PIC, which is now acknowledged as one of the premier industry events in the Pacific Rim. As the insurance industry's role in the global economy continues to advance, I look forward to working with Mel and the PIC Board to continue to further the PIC's mission and vision."

"On behalf of all members of our Board, I would like to congratulate Gary Comerford on his selection as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Pacific Insurance Conference," said Mr. Gottlieb. "The insurance industry's role in the globe's economy has never been more critical, and the ability for our leaders to exchange ideas, information and knowledge is essential. I am confident that Gary's leadership will continue to enhance the PIC's unique contribution to the insurance industry."

About the Pacific Insurance Conference
The Pacific Insurance Conference is a non-profit organization whose all-volunteer leadership devotes its every effort to providing a programme of unparalleled excellence for top Pacific Rim life and health insurance industry executives every two years. As part of its mission to strengthen the spirit of international fellowship in the industry, the PIC seeks broad participation of insurance executives for its conferences, and partners with local life insurance associations in each host country. The host country Organising Committee is responsible to develop a comprehensive business program, relevant to the issues of the day, faced by the insurance industry.

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