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HNBA Honors its Steller Performers at the Sales Convention 2022

The highly anticipated HNBA Sales Convention, a celebration of exceptional achievement, collaboration and excellence, was recently held at the Hilton Colombo. This stellar event served as a platform to honor and felicitate the very best of HNBA's sales force, whose exceptional prowess helped HNBA record one of the best year’s ever recorded in the company’s history. The event was graced by the Chairperson of HNB Assurance PLC and HNB General Insurance Limited Mrs. Rose Cooray, Board Directors, CEOs of HNB Assurance and its wholly owned subsidiary HNB General Insurance Limited, Corporate Management Committee members along with other invitees, sales staff and their spouses. A total of 350 plus awards were handed out under the categories Bronze, Silver, Gold, Super Gold, Premier Gold and Grand Awards, recognizing the efforts of those from the Advisor Distribution Channel. Further, the 81 MDRT winners along with the 02 COT winners were felicitated during the event. The pinnacle award of the night for ‘Best Sales Advisor’ was awarded to Ms. Shamali Liyanage, who won the award for the second consecutive year. Speaking at the event, Mrs. Rose Cooray, Chairperson of HNB Assurance PLC and HNB General Insurance Limited, expressed her admiration and conveyed her best wishes to the winners, stating "I’m delighted to be present here today where we recognize and honor our top advisors, whose unwavering dedication has immensely contributed to our company's resounding success in 2022. A lot of us expected the Covid 19 pandemic to accelerate and replace face-to-face selling with digital alternatives, however, you have all proven that the human touch still plays a vital role in the insurance industry, especially in building confidence and loyalty among our valued customers. So, my congratulations to all the winners tonight, may you grow from strength to strength.” Chasing after a very ambitious target of attaining a 10% market share in 05 years, HNBA CEO, Mr. Lasitha Wimalaratne was full of praise for his team for recording the best year in the company’s history, “We’ve made great headway into achieving our goal of 10 in 05. If we maintain this momentum and passion, while continuing to stay ahead of the industry growth, we certainly can achieve that number. I’m extremely grateful to each one of you for supporting our company’s goals and driving them individually and collectively. So, tonight is dedicated to all of you, to celebrate your incredible achievements and outstanding performance. I firmly believe that these achievements celebrated tonight will only propel us forward, motivate and help us emerge as a better organization. As I extend my heartiest congratulations to our top performers, I emphasize again, you – our people, remain the driving force behind our success and we will continue to support and provide you with all necessary resources required to excel in your roles.” The remarkable success of 2022 was attributed to the sheer determination of the Advisor distribution team, “The advisor distribution channel grew and contributed 53% to the total company’s GWP, and 60% to the company’s new business premium, during one of the most turbulent years we’ve seen in the recent past.” Opined, Chief Business Officer / GM – Advisor Distribution Channel of HNBA, Mr. Harindra Ramasinghe. "The strength of HNBA's Sales Force was reflected in our financial achievements throughout 2022. We will continue to strengthen our highly professional and performance-driven sales force to capture new market segments across the island and expand our footprint. I am extremely proud of your accomplishments and have no doubt that even greater achievements await us as we embrace new technology and continue to improve our customized solutions. Congratulations to all winners tonight, I am confident that you will all continue to inspire and overcome every obstacle and keep the HNBA banner flying high.”

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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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Jun

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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