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HNB Assurance & HNB General Insurance Journey with Lean Six Sigma

HNB Assurance PLC (HNBA) and its fully-owned subsidiary HNB General Insurance Limited (HNBGI), have been having steady year-on-year growth while the business remains dynamic and resilient. Over time, both companies' productivity plateaued, and several waste types were identified by dissecting the processes. With the growing intensity of competition, in 2019, the companies partnered with Dr Mikel J Harry Six Sigma Management Institute Asia to focus on standardization, quality & efficiency improvement, cost reduction, reducing process variation and enhancing process control. Even though Lean Six Sigma (LSS) is not a new concept, it is all about doing more with less. As of date, HNBA & HNBGI have more than 50 Black belt and Green belt LSS practitioners across all divisions of both organizations. Both companies reaffirmed their commitment towards inculcating a lean culture with a recent batch of employees successfully graduating last September 2022, having completed the Green and Black Belt program. Upon successfully completing the course, nominated staff members to undertake a real-life project with the guidance of an SSMI Master Black Belt. Dinesh Yogaratnam, Chief Marketing & Customer Experience Officer stated, "as organizations grow, they may carry with them processes and procedures implemented in the past, which may not add value in the present day. This program has given both organizations the necessary teeth in terms of trained staff who are able to deep dive into processes and improve efficiencies by way of removing nonvalue-adding activities". He also emphasized the importance of a learning culture in the organization so that by understanding and appreciating the potency of concepts such as Lean Six Sigma could inculcate it at all levels in the Company and this change in mindset would contribute towards superior financial performance that ultimately improves the bottom line of the organisation. He thanked Mr Dumidu Ranaweera -Global Director APAC, Middle East, Oceania, Africa & Canada of Dr Mikel J. Harry Six Sigma Management Institute Asia for all the support that has been given in terms of training and guiding the team. Geethani Saram, Head of Business Process Excellence & Procurement of HNBA, reflecting on what LSS revealed, stated that she believes corporates should draw attention to a few critical observations while analyzing the impact of Lean Six Sigma in an organization. Further elaborating, Different LSS tools will deliver different results based on situations and their application. As an organization, we focused on the overall process of providing value to our end customers. The culture for problem identification, rectification and error-proofing enables logical problem-solving, adding value throughout the process. Driving value-added activities permitted us to reduce costs and improve throughput time. We aimed to enhance the knowledge of all our employees, aiding them in selecting the appropriate LSS tools for operational problem-solving. And encouraging employees to become change agents who deliver resounding customer convenience eliminating waste in our processes. Hazana Caffoor, Senior Manager R&D and Process Re-Engineering of HNBGI, mentioned that LSS is a fundamental transformation in the thinking and behavioural patterns rather than applying changes in the process. The systematic elimination of waste creates a positive contribution towards working capital management. After I saw the potential and usefulness of LSS to myself, I made an effort to manifest it in the minds of our people as I saw many opportunities for positive transformation. The aim of this LSS approach has resulted in changing the mindsets of the operational team to look at operations differently while sustaining a lean culture and creating a learning organization. With this initiative, both companies utilize the lean six sigma tools and ideas to promote a new strategic outlook that brings about creativity, innovation, structured problem-solving skills—at the same time, enhancing employee motivation towards providing an excellent service to all our valuable customers. The Lean Six Sigma program of HNBA & HNBGI titled "Evolution Circle" is the Company's way of giving an identity to the program and the team members. As the name implies, the process of evolution that we have embarked upon is seamless in that one needs to constantly keep improving and attuning oneself, to the complex and dynamic environment in which businesses operate and be continually relevant. The Company has also specially designed a rewards and recognition scheme where all members are entitled to participate. At the recently held Staff Conference, the LSS member and their teams were awarded the Best Cost Saving Project, Best Efficiency Improvement Project, and Best Customer Experience Enhancement Project. HNB Assurance PLC (HNBA) is a leading Life Insurance Company in Sri Lanka with a network of 64 branches. Fitch Ratings Lanka has assigned HNBA a rating of 'A+' (lka) for 'National Insurer Financial Strength Rating'. Falling in line with the introduction of the segregation rules by the Insurance Regulator, in January 2015, HNB General Insurance Limited (HNBGI) commenced its operations. HNBGI continues to specialize in motor, non-motor and Takaful insurance solutions while being a fully-owned subsidiary of HNB Assurance PLC. Fitch Ratings Lanka Limited has assigned HNB General Insurance a 'National Insurer Financial Strength Rating' of 'A+' (lka). HNBA is rated within the Top 100 brands and Top 100 companies in Sri Lanka by LMD and has won international awards for Brand Excellence, Digital Marketing and HR Excellence, including the Great Place To Work® Certification, and won many awards for its Annual Reports at award ceremonies organized by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka.

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HNB Assurance Wins Gold at National Quality and Productivity Convention 2024

Setting a new benchmark for itself, HNB Assurance PLC bagged the prestigious Gold Award at the National Convention on Quality and Productivity 2024, hosted by the Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of Quality and Productivity (SLAAQP). The company’s project to streamline its procurement operations while reducing and lead time was recognized for its impact and use of automation.Aligned to the company’s broader objective of efficiency improvement and value creation, this award-winning project is part of HNB Assurance's strategy to improve operational efficiency and achieve 100% paperless operations by 2026. HNB Assurance PLC’s CEO, Mr. Lasitha Wimalaratne, shared his thoughts "Winning this award is a great honor as it recognizes our commitment to enhancing our operations whereby helping us provide better value to our stakeholders. As a company, we continuously seek opportunities to embrace automation and digitization, so, credit to the Business Process Excellence Team along with IT, Finance, Procurement, and all other teams who collaborated and contributed to this remarkable achievement. I’m certain this recognition will motivate our teams to keep pushing the boundaries of excellence and reinforce our commitment to operational efficiency.”The Lean Six Sigma DMAIC methodology was used as the teams successfully improved the lead time of the procurement process. The DMAIC methodology can be used to identify bottlenecks, implement solutions, and achieve measurable improvements which in this case improved the overall efficiency of the company’s procurement operations."In this fast-paced digital world, staying ahead and meeting evolving customer demands requires us to improve and innovate continuously.” Stated Mrs. Geethani Saram, Head of Business Process Excellence and Strategy. “Internal processes are crucial, especially in the service industry, prompting us to reassess our methods and explore avenues for enhancement. This award resulted from a long-term strategic initiative by HNBA to empower employees for scientific recognition of operational gaps and their resolution through adaptation of Lean Six Sigma methodology. The framework facilitated identifying our procurement process as a critical area for improvement and implementing effective solutions to speed up and set a new standard. My sincere thanks to SLAAQP for this recognition as it validate our efforts and inspires us to continuously innovate and drive efficiency across all our processes.”

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Jun

HNBA and HNBGI Celebrate Partnership with HNB at Golden Awards 2024

The “Golden Awards 2024” hosted by HNB Assurance and HNB General Insurance, celebrated and recognized the outstanding achievements of top performers, including network management and branch managers from Hatton National Bank, for their significant contributions to the growth of HNBA and HNBGI. The year 2023 was an outstanding period for both HNBA and HNBGI, with impressive financial performances which proved their partnership with HNB to be one of the best in the industry. Mr. Damith Pallewatte, Acting Chief Executive Officer of HNB, who graced the occasion as the Chief Guest, opined, “Having participated in this event for several years, it is incredibly heartening to witness the sustained growth and progress achieved by both HNBA and HNBGI. As we look to the future, I see immense potential and opportunity. I am confident that by continuing to innovate and prioritizing customer-centric solutions, we as a group, can not only maintain our strong position but also dominate the market. Let me also remind you that the bank is fully committed to supporting both HNBA and HNBGI, so let us get out there and redefine the landscape of banking and insurance.”The newly appointed Chairman of HNBA and HNBGI, Mr. Stuart Chapman, stated, “I’m delighted to address this wonderful gathering where we honor and recognize one of our most important stakeholders, HNB. The trust and collaboration between our institutions is what sets this partnership apart from others. As custodians of this relationship, I am confident that our combined efforts will ensure we deliver top-tier insurance solutions to our customers, meeting their needs with the highest standards of service and trust. I’d also like to take this opportunity to congratulate all the award winners and thank the members of the management of HNB for their continued support. Further, as our companies, HNB, HNBA and HNBGI, embrace leadership transformations, I’d like to thank Mr. Jonathan Alles former MD of HNB and our very own former Chairperson Mrs. Rose Cooray for their contributions as well.”The Global Banking and Finance Review, UK, for the fourth consecutive year, honored HNBA as the Best Life Bancassurance Provider, while HNBGI was awarded the Best General Bancassurance Provider for the second consecutive year reflecting the success both HNBA and HNGI has maintained with HNB over the years.

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Stuart Chapman Appointed Chairman of HNB Assurance and HNB General Insurance

HNB Assurance PLC (HNBA) and HNB General Insurance Limited (HNBGI) are pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Stuart Chapman as the new Chairman, succeeding Mrs. Rose Cooray. With an exemplary career spanning four decades in multinational and local companies across diverse industries and particularly Insurance, Mr. Chapman brings a wealth of expertise to the organization.Mr. Chapman holds an MBA from the University of Colombo, a Diploma in Marketing from the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM-UK), a Diploma in Life Insurance Sales and Marketing from the Life Underwriters Training Council (USA) and a Diploma in Business Management from the National Institute of Business Management (NIBM). His professional affiliations include being a Fellow Member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing (UK) and the Institute of Management (UK) as well as a Member of the Institute of Certified Management Accountants (Australia).In addition to 16 years in insurance, Mr. Chapman has also held leadership positions in industries such as Healthcare, FMCG, Consumer Durables, Banking and Telecommunications. He has previously served as the Managing Director of GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) Pharmaceuticals, Director Life at Ceylinco Insurance, Managing Director LOLC, Director/CEO of Janashakthi Insurance, Marketing Director Reckitt Benckiser, and Senior Brand Manager Unilever, among other significant roles.Expressing his thoughts of his new role, Mr. Chapman stated, "I am honored to assume the position of Chairman at HNBA and HNBGI. Our companies have established a great foundation and a remarkable growth trajectory over the past couple of years. My goal is to support and enhance this growth while gearing the company to take full advantage of upcoming regulations and technological advancements that will shape the companies’ momentum in the years to come. With the incredible talent we possess and the unstinted support from HNB, I am confident that we have what it takes to deliver exceptional business results. Understanding Customers better, providing innovative and differentiated Customer solutions and enhancing shareholder value will be at the core of everything we do’. Mr. Chapman currently serves as an Independent Non-Executive Director of Hemas Pharmaceuticals (Pvt) Limited and United Motors Lanka PLC. He has also been a vital part of industry associations, having held roles such as the Honorary President and Founder Member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing Sri Lanka, President of the Sri Lanka Chamber of the Pharmaceutical Industry and Co-Chairman of the Pharmaceutical & Cosmetics Steering Committee of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce.

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