Chee Keng Koon
Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Chee Keng Koon is the appointed Chief Executive Officer of Great American Insurance Company, Singapore Branch. In this role, he is responsible for the strategic leadership, staff development and operational management of the Singapore operation in meeting its growth objectives for all classes of business.
Mr. Chee has over 29 years of experience in leadership and management roles in the insurance industry. Prior to this appointment, Mr. Chee was the Chief Executive Officer of QBE Insurance (International) Limited, Singapore Branch and an Indonesia joint venture company. In addition, he was the Marine Regional General Manager for the Asia Region. Mr. Chee was also a shareholder under a joint venture arrangement with QBE Insurance (International) Limited when QBE Marine Underwriting Agency Pte. Ltd. was incorporated in 2001.
With his diverse experience and appreciation of the dynamics in the marine business and the business world, Mr. Chee transformed his previous engagements’ Marine insurance portfolio from a relatively small business to a reputable market leader in Singapore and Asia. He also led QBE Insurance (International) Limited, Singapore Branch to be the best non-life insurance company as awarded by World Finance.
Mr. Chee holds a Bachelor of Arts with Honors degree in Insurance Management and is a Certified Insurance Professional by the ANZ Institute of Insurance & Finance. He is also conferred as IBF Distinguished Fellow by The Institute of Banking & Finance.
Chief Financial and Operating Officer
Ms. Vanessa Teo is appointed as the Chief Financial and Operating Officer of Great American Insurance Company, Singapore Branch. She is to ensure that Great American Insurance Company, Singapore Branch is the first choice for customers and investors, by balancing financial integrity and supporting the future growth of the business and its people to achieve operational excellence. She will provide leadership in Finance, IT, Human Resources, Risk Management, Compliance, Administration and Corporate Services matters.
Ms. Teo has over 23 years of extensive experience in senior roles running teams in the insurance industry in Singapore and Asia. Prior to this appointment, Ms. Teo was the CFO & COO of QBE Insurance (International) Limited, Singapore Branch and was also involved in Asia Finance related matters. In this role, she led the development and delivery of finance strategy, while building a collaborative team within the organization, and building consistency in quality, methodology and reporting. In addition, she worked through issues with auditors and executives by delivering value and insight to the business. Ms. Teo has experience working as a Business Consultant of the Insurance Australia Group (IAG) based in Australia. She was also the Head of Finance with ACE Insurance Ltd and GE Insurance Solutions. Her insurance career began as a Regional Internal Auditor with American Insurance Group (AIG) auditing both life and non-life insurance operations within the AIG group of companies in Asia.
Ms. Teo holds an MBA from Melbourne Business School and was admitted Fellow Chartered Certified Accountant (FCCA) by The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (UK). She is a qualified Fellow, Chartered Accountant of Singapore by the Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants and Fellow, Life Management Institute (FLMI) by Life Office Management Association, Inc.
Ms. Linda Tan is the appointed Director, Marine of Great American Insurance Company, Singapore Branch. In this role, she oversees the strategic direction of underwriting, portfolio management and professional development of the Marine Underwriting Division. She will assist the CEO to lead the operation in meeting its growth objectives for marine business.
Ms. Tan has over 20 years of tested experience in the insurance industry with practical expertise in underwriting, servicing, broking and marketing of Marine and Non-Marine insurance products. Her specialties also include regional account management for facultative and treaty business.
Prior to this appointment, Ms. Tan held the positions of Senior Director with Howden Insurance Brokers (Singapore) and Marine Divisional Director of Acclaim Insurance Brokers. In both of these roles, she was responsible for the growth of Marine Hull, Marine Cargo, Protection & Indemnity, Marine Liabilities and Marine related products for both new and expanded business in the Asia region. In addition, Ms. Tan led a Cargo Team in Marsh Singapore, managing both retail and wholesale production for the South East Asia region. Here, she also acted as a Technical Advisor for the Marsh South East Asia offices and a Client Manager for Marine Hull in the retail and regional businesses. She was also a Marine Underwriter with Asia Capital Reinsurance Group underwriting Cargo Risk for facultative business in the region, primarily focusing on the Southeast Asia and North Asia markets. Ms. Tan is an Associate member of the Australian Insurance Institute.
Director, Risk Management & Compliance
Mr. Ian Lee is the appointed Director, Risk Management & Compliance of Great American Insurance Company, Singapore Branch. In this role, he is responsible for shaping the risk management and compliance framework and culture within the Singapore operation. He will assist the CEO to lead the operation in meeting its regulatory compliance obligations.
Mr. Lee has over 10 years of experience within the insurance risk management and compliance area and he has developed extensive knowledge in ERM, capital modelling and risk management framework. Prior to this appointment, he was the Manager, Risk Management of QBE Insurance (International) Limited, Singapore Branch. He was responsible for the entire risk management and compliance function within the company. Mr. Lee also spent seven years with the Monetary Authority of Singapore’s Insurance Supervision Department having held the position of Deputy Director.
Mr. Lee holds Bachelor’s degrees (BSc/BA) with Nanyang Technological University and a Diploma in Actuarial Techniques with the Institute of Actuaries (UK). He also holds Certificates in Life Insurance and Personal General Insurance with the Singapore College of Insurance.
Heng Shoon Kwang
Mr. Heng Shoon Kwang is the appointed Director, Distribution of Great American Insurance Company, Singapore Branch. In this role, he is responsible for the strategic leadership in the distribution and business development within the Singapore operation. He will assist the CEO in leading the distribution teams and channels, including shaping the agency and broker frameworks to meet revenue and growth objectives for all classes of business.
Mr. Heng has over 18 years of experience in the insurance industry, holding various roles within the sales, distribution and business development areas. Prior to this appointment, Mr. Heng was the Head of Agency with Manulife (Singapore) Pte. Ltd. In this role, he managed the agency and financial advisors portfolio, and led the agency force to achieve improved productivity and exceeded budget for both top and bottomline year on year through effective team management, service engagement and robust business development. Mr. Heng has experience working in business development, corporate sales, agency management, and employee benefits underwriting in Prudential Assurance Company Singapore (Pte.) Limited, American Insurance Group and American Insurance Assurance Company, Ltd.
Mr. Heng holds a Bachelor of Banking & Finance/Economics degree with Western Michigan University. He is also a qualified Fellow, Life Management Institute (FLMI) by Life Office Management Association, Inc., and holds Certificates in General Insurance, Health Insurance, and Marine Insurance Underwriting with the Singapore College of Insurance.
G. P. Teo
Mr. G. P. Teo is the appointed Director, Claims with Great American Insurance Company, Singapore Branch. In this role, he is responsible for the strategic leadership in the claims management within the Singapore operations. He oversees the claims management for both the Marine and Property & Casualty classes of business. His responsibilities include driving best practices and delivering the best claims services to our clients.
G.P. has over 30 years of extensive claims experience working with global insurers. Throughout his career, he has been responsible for the full spectrum of both Marine and Property & Casualty Claims. Prior to this appointment, G.P. was the Head of Claims with Zurich Insurance Company Ltd; he was assigned to set up and manage the Claims function. He previously also held similar senior claims roles in various insurance companies such as Allianz Insurance Company of Singapore Pte Ltd, Tokio Marine Insurance Singapore Ltd and QBE Insurance (International) Limited.
In addition to his Claims role, G.P. also lectured at the Singapore College of Insurance and i-G Training, imparting his years of experience and knowledge to aspiring insurance practitioners. He had previously written a few textbooks and also contributed insurance related articles to the Singapore Insurance Law Association. He had served as a member within the General Insurance Association of Singapore’s Motor Committee and was once a Council Member in the Motor Insurers’ Bureau of Singapore. He was a member of the Financial Industry Competency Standards Accreditation Advisory Panel and also an Advisor to the Singapore Insurance Institute / Australian Institute of Chartered Loss Adjusters in running the Claims Technicians Course.
G.P. holds a LL.B. (Hons) degree and the ACII qualification. He is also a Chartered Insurer, a title conferred by the CII, London.
Director, Marine & Client Relationship Management (Korea Market)
Moonkee has over 20 years of experience within the Marine insurance sector in Korea, undertaking roles in management, insurance underwriting and claims specializing in Cargo/Hull, as well as Casualty and Engineering. Prior to this, he was the Head of Marine & Channel Management with ACE American Fire & Marine Insurance Company in Korea.
He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree with Myongji University, as well as a qualification for Technical Insurance Practice issued by the Chartered Insurance Institute, which is equivalent to CII Diploma. He is also a certified Loss Adjuster by the regulation of Article 144 (Para 2) of rules for operation of Insurance Supervisory Regulations issued by the Insurance Supervisory Board.
Director, Marine (North Asia Market)
Larry has 18 years of experience in the insurance industry, holding various senior underwriting and management roles with a specialty focus on Marine insurance classes. Mr. Kwok began his career as a Marine Trainee in the claims department of Jardine Insurance Brokers, where he gained knowledge in a wide-range of disciplines including Cargo, Hull, Port and Terminal, and Freight Forwarder Liability. He then joined the world's biggest P&I Club at that time as a Claims Executive where he further enhanced his Marine knowledge particularly in the liability related areas for Ship Owner, Freight Forwarder, and Port and Terminal Operator. Mr. Kwok started his underwriting career in 2004 by joining Royal & Sun Alliance Insurance (Hong Kong) Limited as Deputy Marine Manager. He then became the Marine Manager of ACE Insurance Limited for the Greater China region where he was responsible for the profitable growth of the Marine portfolio and instrumental in drafting and launching the Freight Forwarder Liability Policy. Prior to this appointment, Mr. Kwok was the Managing Director of SART Specialty Limited, heading the overall operation by providing technical Marine underwriting and business development leadership to the team for the Asia Pacific region.
He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Business Transport and Logistics Management at Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University. He further obtained his Bachelor of Law (LLB) degree from Manchester Metropolitan University and pursued his Master of Laws (LLM) in Maritime and Transportation Law stream at City University of Hong Kong. He is a Senior Associate member of The Australia and New Zealand Institute of Insurance and Finance (ANZIIF).
Senior Manager, Specialty Risk and Property & Casualty Underwriting
Ms. Melissa Chai is the appointed Senior Manager, Specialty Risk and Property & Casualty (P&C) of Great American Insurance Company, Singapore Branch. In this role, she is responsible for the strategic leadership in the Specialty Risk and P&C underwriting and broking business development within the Singapore operation. She will assist the CEO in leading the P&C underwriting team, including shaping the broker framework to meet revenue and growth objectives for all P&C and Specialty classes.
Melissa has over 20 years of insurance experience in Asia. The last eight of which were spent as an insurance underwriter. She was previously Regional Vice President of Structured Credit and Political Risk at American Insurance Group, and Head of Credit, Political Risk and Bonds for a subsidiary of AmTrust Financial Services in Singapore.
Melissa holds a Master of Science (Applied Economics) degree from the Singapore Management University, and a Bachelor of Business Administration (Second Upper Honours) from the National University of Singapore. She has been a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) charterholder since 2020.