Head of North American Legacy Business
Naveed Irshad is Head of North American Legacy Business at Manulife. In this role, he has direct responsibility for Manulife’s closed legacy businesses in North America, including legacy annuity business, long-term care insurance and select long-duration, guaranteed insurance products. He is a member of Manulife’s Executive Leadership Team.
Mr. Irshad has over 20 years of industry experience and has a deep understanding of the global life insurance industry. Rejoining Manulife in 2014, Naveed 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 serves as Deputy President, Life Insurance Association of Singapore; on the Executive Committee, Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Singapore; is a Board Member, Wilson Global Initiative (promoting literacy); and is a Strategic Advisor at Seedly (fintech startup).