Board Member / President & CEO, Manulife Canada

Naveed Irshad is President & CEO, Manulife Canada, where he leads the implementation of the company’s growth strategy across the Canadian market.

He is a member of Manulife’s Executive Leadership Team. Mr. Irshad has almost 30 years of industry experience and has a deep understanding of the global life insurance industry. Most recently, Naveed was Global Head of Inforce Management and Head of our North American Legacy Business, where he led initiatives to release capital and reduce risk across the organization.  Prior to that, Naveed rejoined  Manulife in 2014, and was appointed as President & CEO, Manulife Singapore where he was responsible for the overall development of Manulife’s business operations in Singapore. This included key business segments – protection, retirement solutions, high net worth and wealth management – across a multi-channel distribution platform. Prior to this role, he spent three years in a key leadership position at a major global reinsurance company with a focus on business and product development globally.

Having initially joined Manulife in 1995, Naveed held a variety of business roles in Toronto and Boston. Just prior to leaving Manulife in 2011, he was the Senior Vice President, Product and Insurance Risk Management, responsible for new product and insurance risk, globally.

Naveed holds a B.Sc. in Actuarial Math from Concordia University. He is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries (FSA) and of the Canadian Institute of Actuaries (FCIA), and is a Member of the American Academy of Actuaries (MAAA). He served as Deputy President, Life Insurance Association of Singapore; and is a Board Member of Ascend Canada (promoting Pan-Asian leadership).