Aviva Singlife Holdings appoints Walter de Oude as Founder Director

Aviva Singlife Holdings would like to announce that Walter de Oude will be transitioning from Deputy Chairman and Executive Director of the company to a Non-Independent and Non-Executive role as Founder Director with effect from 1 January 2022. 


In announcing Walter’s new role, Aviva Singlife Holdings Chairman Ray Ferguson said, “Walter has been incredibly instrumental in the formation and development of Singlife and its subsequent merger with Aviva Singapore to create Aviva Singlife Holdings. This transition is an important part of the future strategy and development of the company, following the appointment of Group CEO Pearlyn Phau in July 2021. My fellow directors on the Board look forward to our continued engagement with Walter in his new, Non-Executive Director role, as we support the strategy of the management team under Pearlyn.” 


Walter added: “Aviva Singlife Holdings is the most awesome company I’ve had the privilege to shape and be a part of, built by awesome people looking for a better way to do innovative things for our customers and advisers. I look forward to continuing my role with the firm via the Board in support of Pearlyn and the Singlife team, as they carry on the good work done in delivering the business.” 


Walter previously relinquished his appointment as Interim Group CEO on 19 July 2021 following the appointment of Pearlyn Phau as Group CEO. 


The company has reinforced its management team in the last few months with external hires from a diverse mix of backgrounds to supplement its core insurance expertise. These executives have experience in areas such as technology, digital, data, media and customer experience. 


Pearlyn added: “I would like to put on record the company’s appreciation of Walter and his advice and support since I took on the role in July. We have benefitted from his experience and passion and the team will continue to take the company strategy forward and ensure that our current and future customers are well served. We are on track to complete the merger in January 2022 and focus on transformation and growth going ahead.”