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Manolito Tayag and Henry Joseph Herrera join FWD Philippines as independent directors

MANILA, PHILIPPINES — FWD Life Insurance Corporation (FWD Philippines) has announced the appointments of Manolito “Lito” Tayag and Henry Joseph Herrera as the newest independent members of its Board of Directors.

The two were officially appointed on May 23. Their addition follows the recent appointment of Manuel “Jumbing” De Rosas as President and CEO.

Manuel said, “We’re excited to have both Lito and Henry on our board. Their expertise in sustainable growth and digital transformation will help FWD Philippines in addressing the country’s protection gap, increasing financial inclusivity, and strengthening our contribution to nation-building.”


As Independent Directors, both Lito and Henry will oversee FWD Life Philippines toward its growth strategies for local business operations. They will be instrumental in advancing corporate credibility and raising governance standards with their objective and balanced perspectives.

A graduate of Management Engineering from Ateneo De Manila University, Manolito brings with him extensive technology and operations management experience having served as the Country Managing Director (CMD) for Accenture Philippines for more than 12 years, with the geographic responsibility for the growth and sustainability of Accenture’s business in the Philippines, providing Technology, Operations, Digital, and Consulting services to Accenture’s global and local clients. He concurrently served as trustee of the Information Technology and Business Process Association of the Philippines (IBPAP) from 2011 to 2021 and served as its chairman from 2017 to 2021.

Manolito is active in the education sector as a trustee in several educational institutions since 2005. He is also active in the development sector as the Vice Chair of the board of the Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP). He is currently a member of the board of trustees of the Philippine Business for Education (PBEd) and the Makati Business Club (MBC).

Meanwhile, Henry graduated from the University of the Philippines, Diliman with a Master of Business Administration in 1986 and B.S. Statistics cum laude in 1980.  He has also attended various short courses at the Asian Institute of Management (1997, 2001, 2010, and 2011); Wharton Graduate School of Business (2000); and Harvard School of Business (2003).

Manolito’s career in the life insurance industry spanned decades, starting from 1980 in the Insular Life Assurance Corporation (1980 to 1982), Lincoln Philippine Life Insurance Company, Inc. (1982 to 1983), United Coconut Planters Life Assurance Corporation (1984 to 1989), Knights of Columbus Fraternal Association of the Philippines Inc. (1989 to 1992), Philippine Asia Life Assurance Corporation (1989 to 1997), before finally joining Sun Life Financial in 1998.  He served as Sun Life Financial’s President and Chief Executive Officer (2007 to 2009) for its life insurance, asset management, and pre-need businesses. From 2010 to 2021, he served as a member of the board of Pru Life UK (Philippines) serving in various board committees.  From August 2012 to December 2021, he served as Chairman of the Board for Pru Life UK (Philippines).

He was a past president of the Philippine Life Insurance Association, the umbrella organization of life insurance companies in the country. He was also a past president of the Actuarial Society of the Philippines.

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