AXA has named Gordon Watson as CEO of Asia and a member of the management committee of the AXA group.
Watson will assume the role on 1 January 2018. He will report to CEO of AXA, Thomas Buberl.
Watson joins the company from AIA, where he served as the company’s regional chief executive of the groups operations from 2011 to 2017, in Hong Kong, Macau, Australia, the Philippines, Vietnam and New Zealand.
During this time, he also led the Group's Corporate Solutions, Healthcare, Partnership, and AIA Vitality businesses.
Prior to this, between 2008 and 2010 Watson was the regional president for AIG Life companies in Japan and Korea, and was also global executive vice-chairman for ALICO, responsible for the Japan business and overseeing 50 other countries for strategy, distribution, corporate solutions, product and marketing.
Watson gained the majority of his 30 years insurance industry experience from both AIG and AIA. During his time at both companies he served in several other key senior roles based out of London, New York, Nairobi, Dubai, Tokyo, Seoul and Hong Kong.