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A standout track record
MARK O'DELL, the group chief executive officer of Manulife Holdings Berhad (MHB) and chief executive officer of Manulife Insurance Berhad in Malaysia, has won the Outstanding Leaders in Asia honour at the Asia Corporate Excellence & Sustainability Awards (ACES Awards).
Mr O'Dell joined Manulife in 2008 as the president and CEO of Manulife Taiwan and later became senior vice-president, South-east Asia, in November 2012, where he helped drive the strong growth of the business in Singapore, Malaysia and the Philippines.
Since January 2013, he has served as group CEO and executive director of MHB, spearheading several significant initiatives for Manulife Malaysia and its subsidiaries. For instance, he oversaw the acquisition of MAAKL Mutual Berhad and the activation of the first exclusive bank partnership with Alliance Bank. MHB also set up the subsidiary Manulife Insurance Labuan Limited in 2017 to cater to high net worth customers.
In the same year, MHB's corporate branding received a major boost when it was awarded the naming rights for the Mass Rapid Transit station Manulife Semantan. This move, under Mr O'Dell's guidance, strengthened Manulife's brand presence and provided much value to the business.
Strengthening MHB's history as an active and caring corporate citizen, Mr O'Dell was also behind the company's partnership with a non-profit crowdfunding platform under a three-year contract.
Since 2016, Manulife and its employees have been actively involved in various health and community-related initiatives. For this effort, Manulife Malaysia was awarded the CSR Malaysia Award 2018, Company of the Year in the Financial Services Category for Pioneering Community Health & Children Welfare Initiatives.
In winning the ACES award, Mr O'Dell said: "I am proud to be recognised by ACES for my body of work in Asia, spanning the past 24 years in five different countries. In particular, ACES promotes and recognises leaders who carry out significant CSR campaigns, demonstrate compassion for the community, recognise the importance of Human Resources as assets in addition to generating financial gains."