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Douglas Henck

Douglas Henck retired on 30th September 2016 from his position as Chairman & CEO of Aegon Asia. Headquartered in Hong Kong, the business unit includes all of Aegon N.V.’s (and Transamerica’s) insurance businesses in Asia including operations in eight countries with 3,000 employees. He had held this position since the beginning of 2011. In this capacity, Mr. Henck led the development of a digitally focused core strategy for Aegon’s operations in Asia.

Prior to joining Aegon, Mr. Henck served as Chief Financial Officer at the Bahá’í World Centre, the global administrative headquarters of the Bahá’í Faith, from early 2006 to late 2009. During his time in Israel, Mr. Henck also served as an Independent non-executive member of the Board of Supervisors of China Pacific Life Insurance Company, based in Shanghai.

Mr. Henck’s career in the insurance industry began in 1974 when he joined the US-based Aetna Inc. following his graduation from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York with a B.S. in Mathematics. He qualified as a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries in 1978 and subsequently moved to Hong Kong in January 1987 to establish the corporation’s Asia Regional office. He remained as the senior executive in the region for the next ten years.

Following his time at Aetna, Mr. Henck joined the AIG Life Division of the American International Group as a Senior Vice President, based in Hong Kong and reporting directly to the group’s Vice Chairman, Edmund Tse. In 2000, Mr. Henck joined Sun Life Financial as President, Sun Life Financial Asia, and a member of the group’s International Executive Team, a position he held until he left to move to Israel.

During his career, Mr. Henck has been a member of dozens of boards of directors of organizations across multiple cultures on five continents, including non-profit, wholly owned, joint venture, and publicly listed corporations, most of which were highly regulated and many including a majority of independent non-executive directors. Such memberships included service on virtually all committees, either as a member or as Chairman, including executive, nomination & compensation, finance, audit, and risk committees. Currently, he is also serving as a Senior Advisor to NueBridge, a consulting group that uses senior executives for high level engagements, and on the Senior Management Advisory Board of Assured Enterprises, a cyber risk firm.

From 2014 to 2018, Mr. Henck served as Chairman of the Asian Corporate Governance Association after serving as Vice Chairman for ten years. He is also a Past Chairman of the American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong (having led the organization during the historic 1997 calendar year) and served two terms as Chairman of the Asia Pacific Council of American Chambers of Commerce from 1993 – 1995. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Harmony Program, a New York based charity providing music lessons to economically disadvantaged children, of SolHealth, a non-profit that combines public health and medical services to develop sustainable health efforts for the developing world, and of the Tahirih Justice Center, a U.S. national charity serving women and girls fleeing violence. Mr. Henck is a member of the Leadership Council of the School of Science at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, the International Advisory Board of the Bahá’í Chair for World Peace at the University of Maryland, and the Advisory Board of the Europe-based EBBF, “Ethical Business Building the Future”.