Group Executive Committee
Group Executive Committee

Chief Executive Officer

Anil Wadhwani

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Appointments

Appointed to the Board: February 2023
Appointed Chief Executive Officer: February 2023

Anil is a standing attendee at meetings of the Audit, Nomination & Governance, Remuneration and Risk Committees and the Responsibility & Sustainability Working Group.

Relevant skills and experience

Anil is a global financial services leader with more than 30 years' experience, predominantly in Asia, combining strategic vision and execution in some of the world's biggest companies. Most recently, as CEO of Manulife's Asia region, he successfully grew and transformed its diversified and multi-channel business with significant market share gains in many key markets and made it the company's largest source of core earnings. Anil also has significant and proven digital experience, having driven the modernisation of technology platforms across 13 markets in Asia in his previous role.

Prior to this he spent 25 years with Citi in Asia Pacific, EMEA and the US, in a number of consumer financial services roles. Anil holds a Master’s Degree in Management Studies from the Somaiya Institute of Management Studies and a Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce from the Narsee Monjee College of Commerce and Economics.


Chief Risk and Compliance Officer

Avnish Kalra CA

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Appointed to the Group Executive Committee: April 2022

Avnish is a standing attendee at meetings of the Board and of the Audit and Risk Committees.

Relevant skills and experience

Avnish was appointed Chief Risk and Compliance Officer in April 2022. He previously held the position of Chief Risk Officer of Prudential Corporation Asia since July 2018 and was responsible for regulatory compliance, risk management and corporate governance across all of the Group’s insurance and asset management businesses in Asia and Africa. He joined Prudential in August 2014. 

Prior to joining Prudential, Avnish was the Asia Chief Risk Officer for Aviva for six years and has also worked at Bank of America for 14 years in various capital markets trading and risk roles across Asia. Avnish is a Chartered Accountant by training, having worked with PwC in India and Ernst & Young in Dubai. 


Chief Financial Officer

Ben Bulmer

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Appointed Group Chief Financial Officer: May 2023

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Ben was appointed Chief Financial Officer of Prudential plc in May 2023. He joined Prudential in 1997 and has held various leadership roles including CFO, Insurance and Asset Management, Regional CFO of Prudential Asia, CFO of Eastspring Investments, the Group’s asset management business, CFO of Prudential Hong Kong’s Life and General Insurance businesses and Chief Accountant of Prudential Asia. He is a member of the Group Executive Committee and as CFO is responsible for overseeing all financial matters such as Performance Management, Financial Reporting, FP&A, Capital Management, Investment Management as well as the Group Actuarial Function, Strategy, Investor Relations and Sustainability.

Ben is a Chartered Accountant (The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants) and holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) degree from The London School of Economics.

Bill Maldonado

Chief Executive Officer & Interim Chief Investment Officer, Eastspring Investments Group

Bill Maldonado

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Bill Maldonado

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Appointed Chief Executive Officer & Interim Chief Investment Officer, Eastspring Investments Group: September 2023

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Bill Maldonado is the Chief Executive Officer & Interim Chief Investment Officer of Eastspring Investments Group. He is a member of its Board of Directors and a member of the Prudential Group Executive Committee (GEC).

As CEO of the Eastspring Investments Group, he chairs the Executive Management Committee and has overall responsibility for the management and strategic development of the firm.

Bill joined Eastspring in 2021 and has been serving as Chief Investment Officer, spearheading Eastspring’s investment platform across equities, fixed income, multi-asset, quantitative and alternatives, overseeing investment strategies and products.

Bill has 30 years of asset management experience and a strong track record in leading investment teams globally. Prior to joining Eastspring in September 2021, Bill served as the Asia Pacific Chief Investment Officer and Global Chief Investment Officer, Equities at HSBC Global Asset Management.

Bill holds an MBA from Cranfield University, a Doctorate in Laser Physics from Oxford University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics from Sussex University, UK and Uppsala University, Sweden.

Chief Human Resources Officer

Catherine Chia

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Appointed to the Group Executive Committee: April 2023

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Catherine Chia is the Chief Human Resources Officer, having been appointed on 1 April 2023.  In her role, Catherine leads Prudential’s group-wide people and culture agenda, to build a high-performance organisation where great talent are engaged, inspired and developed. 
 
Catherine joined from StarHub, Singapore, where she worked as Chief HR Officer since 2018 to drive workforce optimisation, culture transformation, talent development and employee engagement. She also chaired the company’s Covid-19 taskforce. Before leading the HR function at StarHub, Catherine held global and regional senior HR leadership roles in LEGO, United Overseas Bank, as well as Dell Inc. in Singapore and Shanghai.
 
She holds a Bachelor’s degree with Honours in Social Sciences from the National University of Singapore. She served as a Nominations Committee member of Daughters of Tomorrow (Singapore) and was a board member of the Singapore Breast Cancer Foundation.

Managing Director, Strategic Business Group and CEO, Prudential Assurance Company, Singapore

Dennis Tan

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Appointed to the Group Executive Committee: July 2022

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Dennis is Managing Director of the Strategic Business Group covering Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. 

A veteran banker, Dennis has 26 years of experience in consumer banking spanning product development, segment management, marketing and sales and distribution.

Prior to joining Prudential, he was with OCBC Bank for 10 years, of which seven were spent as head, consumer financial services. Dennis also spearheaded the growth of OCBC’s Premier Banking business in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and China as head of branch and group premier banking. He was also a member of OCBC Bank’s management committee. 

Dennis has been CEO of Prudential Singapore since March 2020. He is also Deputy President in the Life Insurance Association’s Management Committee, Council Member at IBF Singapore, Multilateral Healthcare Insurance Committee Member at Ministry of Health Singapore, Board Director at the Council for Third Age, and Board Member at the European Chamber of Commerce in Singapore.

Dennis has completed the Asian Financial Leaders Programme from Temasek Management Services & Singapore Management University, the Investing in Alternative Investments Program at Yale School of Management and the Stanford Executive Program at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance from Indiana University.


Managing Director, Strategic Business Group

Lilian Ng

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Appointed to the Group Executive Committee: July 2022

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Lilian is Managing Director of the Strategic Business Group, responsible for the insurance operations covering the Chinese mainland, Hong Kong and Taiwan; and the Group-wide customer, distribution and marketing strategy across the network of insurance businesses.

Lilian spearheads the Group-wide customer strategy and the corresponding strategic framework for customer segmentation and proposition, distribution, marketing and customer care to deliver customer success and drive customer advocacy.

Lilian is the Chair of the Board of Prudential Hong Kong Limited and a Director at CITIC Prudential Life Insurance Company Limited.

Lilian has been part of the Prudential family for over 25 years and has held a range of leadership roles, including Chief Financial Officer of Prudential Hong Kong, Chief Operating Officer, Insurance and Chief Executive, Insurance of Prudential Corporation Asia.

She is a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries of Australia and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from Macquarie University.


Managing Director, Strategic Business Group

Solmaz Altin

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Appointed to the Group Executive Committee:  July 2022 

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Solmaz is Managing Director of the Strategic Business Group covering India, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Laos, Myanmar, Cambodia and Africa.  

He is also accountable for our Digital and Technology functions and is driving the business transformation, accelerating our customer delivery through multi-channel models and strengthening our customer engagement platforms, including Pulse. 

Solmaz joined Prudential as Group Strategic Transformation Officer in May 2022, bringing with him 25 years’ experience of leading business change and growth in the financial services industry. His most recent role before joining Prudential was as regional CEO, Asia-Pacific at Allianz.

Solmaz holds a Diplom-Ökonom, Banking and Economics from the University of Duisburg-Essen.


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