People Digest: Aviva Singlife names new CEO; GAM hires SE Asia lead

Pearlyn Phau.

Singapore insurer Aviva Singlife and Zurich-headquartered GAM Investment Management have announced senior hires.

Aviva Singlife names Pearlyn Phau group CEO

Aviva Singlife announced that it has named Pearlyn Phau as new group chief executive officer (CEO), following the $2.4-billion merger of Aviva and Singlife last year.

Phau’s appointment takes effect from August 18, 2021, subject to regulatory approval. She will also take on the additional role as executive director and CEO of both Singlife and Aviva Singapore, according to the announcement.

Phau joins Aviva Singlife from DBS Group, where she held various senior leadership roles both in Singapore and Hong Kong.

Singlife is a Singapore-based mobile savings and protection company fully licensed as a life insurance firm by the Monetary Authority of Singapore in 2017. Aviva, on the other hand, is one of the leading insurers in the city-state, serving 1.5 million customers.

Swiss asset manager GAM names Terence Bong SE Asia lead

GAM Investment Management, a Zurich-headquartered asset manager, has named Terence Bong as lead for client activities in Singapore and Southeast Asia.

The announcement comes after GAM set up an office in Singapore. Bong will be responsible for business development and client relationships in Singapore and the South East Asia region, reporting to Rossen Djounov, the firm’s head of Asia Pacific.

Bong was formerly head of wholesale for SE Asia at Templeton Asset Management, where he was responsible for distribution to private banks, independent financial advisors, insurance companies and consumer banks across Singapore, Thailand and the Philippines.

Prior to Templeton, he served at Nikko Asset Management Asia, Schroder Investment Management, Aviva and Citibank Singapore.

Singapore Reporter/s

In Singapore, we are looking to double our reporting team by this year-end to comprehensively cover the fast-moving world of funded startups and VC, PE & M&A deals. We want reporters who can tell our readers what is really happening in these sectors and why it matters to markets, companies and consumers. The ability to write precisely and urgently is crucial for these roles. Ideal candidates must have to ability to work in a collaborative, dynamic, and fast-changing environment. We want our new hires to be digitally savvy and ready to experiment with new forms of storytelling. Most importantly, we are looking for hard-hitting reporters who work well in a team. Collaboration and collegiality are a must.

Following vacancies can be applied for (only in Singapore).

Following vacancies can be applied for (only in Singapore).   

  • A reporter to track companies/startups that have raised private capital, and have the potential to become unicorns. SEA currently has over 40 companies with a valuation of over $100 million and under $1 billion.
  • A reporter who can get behind the scenes and reveal how funding rounds are put together, or why they’ve failed to materialise. She/he in this role will largely focus on long-format stories. 
  • A journalist to track special situations funds, distressed debt and private credit (from the PE angle) across Asia.

Singapore Reporter/s

In Singapore, we are looking to double our reporting team by this year-end to comprehensively cover the fast-moving world of funded startups and VC, PE & M&A deals. We want reporters who can tell our readers what is really happening in these sectors and why it matters to markets, companies and consumers. The ability to write precisely and urgently is crucial for these roles. Ideal candidates must have to ability to work in a collaborative, dynamic, and fast-changing environment. We want our new hires to be digitally savvy and ready to experiment with new forms of storytelling. Most importantly, we are looking for hard-hitting reporters who work well in a team. Collaboration and collegiality are a must.

Following vacancies can be applied for (only in Singapore).

Following vacancies can be applied for (only in Singapore).   

  • A reporter to track companies/startups that have raised private capital, and have the potential to become unicorns. SEA currently has over 40 companies with a valuation of over $100 million and under $1 billion.
  • A reporter who can get behind the scenes and reveal how funding rounds are put together, or why they’ve failed to materialise. She/he in this role will largely focus on long-format stories. 
  • A journalist to track special situations funds, distressed debt and private credit (from the PE angle) across Asia.