Friends Provident International has named Sean Ohuaithne to succeed the departing Kevin Cracknell as finance director.
The appointment is effective immediately, subject to local regulatory approval, FPI, now a part of the Aviva group, said in a statement.
Ohuaithne, (pictured), most recently had been finance transition director for FPI, and before that, was chief financial officer for Aviva Hong Kong.
He will be based in Hong Kong but will spend time in the UK and the Isle of Man during this year, to assist the business with the implementation of its new operating model, FPI said.
Cracknell is leaving FPI at the end of March “to pursue external opportunities”, according to FPI.
FPI chief executive Adrian Emery said Ohuaithne’s previous experience in Hong Kong would be useful, as he has retained “a deep knowledge of the Asian markets, which is a great fit for our new direction”.
Emery said Cracknell had played an important role over the past three years at FPI, and in particular, had helped to navigate the business “through times of change”.
UK-based Aviva completed its acquisition of Friends Life, FPI’s parent, in April of last year. Emery was named CEO in September, and around that time stated that FPI would focus its attention on new business in the UAE, Hong Kong and Singapore.