In June, 2006, Mr. Patrick Poon joined CPL as Chairman of Operation Committee, which is fully responsible for the daily operational management of CPL. Prior to joining CPL’s management team, Mr. Patrick Poon was CEO of Greater China for ING Insurance Asia/Pacific, a Member of ING Group’s Leadership Council, and President & Chairman, ING Life Insurance Company of America. Patrick was the Managing Director of Aetna Life Insurance Company of America (Taiwan Branch), from 1987 to 2000, when the company was acquired by ING Group. In addition, he held the positions of Senior Vice President of Aetna International, Inc. and President of Aetna Life Insurance Company of America between 1997 and 2000.
Patrick joined Aetna in 1987 to start up its Taiwan life insurance operations after a distinguished 15 years career with AIG. He and his management team have since turned the business into a world class life insurance and financial services organization (“ING Antai”), and today ING Antai is one of the largest businesses within ING Group.
Patrick’s outstanding leadership has won both domestic and international recognition. Besides being the first person from Taiwan on the Board of LIMRA International in 1996, many industrial and community accolades have been bestowed on Patrick and ING Antai. Major awards include: “Most Recommendable Insurer”, “The Most Admired Insurance Company in Taiwan” (for seven years, 1998-2003, 2005), and “The Best Life Insurance Company in Asia” in 1998 and 2003.
Personally, Patrick received the “K. T. Li Medal of Management” in 1997, “the 16th Outstanding Manager Award” (CEO and President Category) in 1998, and “the Order of Brilliant Star” Medal in 1999. In 2000, he won the “Best Insurance Leadership Award” at the “Insurance - Belief, Hope & Love Award”, and the “Personality of the, Year” award at the Asia Insurance Industry Award.
A science graduate of the University of Hong Kong, Patrick is a fellow of the Institute of Actuaries in United Kingdom, Australia and Taiwan; an associate of the Society of Actuaries and a Member of the American Academy of Actuaries.
Patrick has written three books on his management philosophy, two of which, “Be Bold” and “Patrick’s Way”, were among the best sellers in Taiwan. “Be Bold” also won the prestigious Golden Tripod Awards. “Patrick’s Way” is published in Korean as well.