Jun 13, 2021

Top 10: Poaching of tech executives during the pandemic

Kate Birch
7 min
Zurich poaches tech talent from Ping An

Back in September 2020, huge insurer Zurich poached one of the top executives from China’s Ping An with the aim of boosting its tech capabilities. Previously the chief executive of Ping An’s technology unit, Ericson Chan was snapped up by the Swiss insurer as their chief information and digital officer.

According to Mario Greco, Zurich’s chief executive, Chan “has created Ping An Technology, which is a brilliant enterprise”, adding that he has “experience in creating the connectivity… with the customers”.

A Chinese national, Chan has an extensive background in technology leadership with four years as CEO of Ping An Technology where he helped to transform Ping An Group’s business model and online ecosystems through digital services including a range of Fintech products and online platforms. He’s also held a number of technology and operations leadership roles at Standard Chartered Bank in Hong Kong, Shanghai and Singapore, including CIO for North Asia.


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