DIGITALISATION DRIVES TRANSFORMATION IN VIETNAM'S INSURANCE SECTOR
Vietnam's life insurance is being re-defined and spurred by digital innovations. In the market, Manulife Vietnam is known as a pioneer in digitalisation, focusing on customer experience and offering better ways to do business. President and CEO of Manulife Financial Corporation Roy Gori talks to VIR's Thu Ha about how the company is transforming the Vietnamese life insurance sector, the importance of digital transformation and how this will contribute to the country's economy
How did Manulife perform in 2018 and what were the key priorities and achievements?
We’re excited about the progress we’ve made in 2018, both in terms of our performance and our transformation into the most digital, customer-centric global company in our industry. We’re focused on innovation,
Roy Gori took a business trip to Vietnam on the occasion of the 45th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Vietnam and Canada. He had a meeting with the country’s State Vice President Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh in November 2018, discussing Manulife’s commitment to long-term investment and sustainable operations as well as its contribution to the Vietnamese economy.
Where does your passion and ambition for a strong customer experience come from?
At Manulife, we are focused on making decisions easier and lives better for our customers every day. We are passionate about customer experience and delivering on our mission to make things simple through innovation.
Manulife has had some impressive results in Vietnam when it comes to digital with the aim of enhancing customer experience. Is this the main reason for your particular visit?
Vietnam is an exciting market for Manulife, compelling enough that we hosted our Global Investor Day here in 2017. We were able to showcase the tremendous opportunities Vietnam has to offer and the work we are doing to transform into a digital, customer-centric market leader.
What are Manulife’s long-term plans in Vietnam in order to set a deeper footprint into the market?
We have been in Vietnam for 20 years, with a well-respected brand and a reputation for delighting our customers. But we’re just getting started and look forward to the tremendous opportunity that Vietnam has to offer.
We have expanded our footprint to 77 offices in more than 40 cities and provinces and have more than 800 employees and 33,000 agents to serve the growing demand. We are also proud to have been ranked “best place to work” in the Vietnam insurance industry in 2017.
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Manulife recently launched a new set of values. Why these particular values, and will they be applied regionally or globally?
In May 2018, we asked all employees to join us in refreshing our values. This input was invaluable, and in the
Our first value is to obsess about customers; making things simple for them is what we do. Next, we act with integrity and are proud that we always do the right thing. Third, we are bold and think big, believing that anything is possible. We also collaborate and get it done together, helping us achieve more and do it better. We have an “own it” mentality, empowering people to make decisions and take action. Finally, we share our humanity to build a supportive, diverse and thriving workplace. Together, these values serve to unite our people internally as we drive the transformation of our business into a digital, customer-centric market leader.
Apart from business, contribution into local community and society is also a key task for a global group like Manulife. How do you see Manulife contributing to society here?
As a global service company, we remain committed to the health and livelihoods of the communities we operate in. In Vietnam, the Manulife Danang International Marathon has been a powerful force in building a stronger, healthier society. By investing in the development, diversity
You met with Vietnamese government leaders while you were last here in November 2018. Based on this, what opportunities do you see for Manulife in the Vietnamese market in the years to come?
To mark the 45th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Vietnam and Canada in 2018, I was fortunate to meet with Vietnamese State Vice President, Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh. We had the opportunity to talk about Manulife’s long-term commitment to the country and our plans for continued development in the life insurance industry.
We continue to invest in Vietnam and remain one of the biggest contributors to the economy in the financial services sector. We are proud to provide Vietnamese families with the best financial
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