Our Management in Asia
Our senior management team in Asia comprises of passionate and experienced professionals with a strong track record of success in the insurance and financial industries.
At Generali, we believe in attracting and developing exceptional talent and we welcome diversity and individuality. Many of our senior executives in Asia have succeeded through their hard work and from the opportunities we have given them to grow and learn.
Collectively we work towards providing value to our customers in our eight markets by offering a complete suite of innovative, personalised solutions through our unmatched distribution network.
As Regional Officer, Roberto Leonardi oversees Generali Asia’s insurance operations in both Life and Property & Casualty businesses. Rob has 25 years of experience in Life and Health businesses across Asia, Europe and South Africa.
Prior to joining Generali, he was with AXA Asia where he was responsible for Health & Employment Benefits, Protection, Marketing, Digital and Big Data. Before AXA Asia, Rob worked at Munich Reinsurance where he was Regional Head of the Munich Health overseeing the health reinsurance and insurance businesses with specific focus on Greater China, India, Indonesia and Japan.
He also spent 13 years with UnitedHealth International (a listed Fortune 25 company) where he held several executive positions including Executive Vice President & CEO of UnitedHealth Asia, CEO of Portugal and Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer in its joint ventures. During his tenure, he turned around the Asia business and was actively involved in M&A activities in various markets across Asia.
Rob started his career as a chartered accountant with Coopers & Lybrand in South Africa. Born in Italy, Rob grew up in Denmark and South Africa and currently lives in Hong Kong.
Charles Descure drives the Regional Finance activities across our Asian markets since July 2020. He brings over 23 years’ experience in insurance and investment, mostly in Europe.
Prior to moving to Asia, Charles held various positions within the Generali Group. To name a few, he was a member of the enlarged executive committee of Generali France between 2017 and 2019 in charge of financial topics, Chief Investment Officer for Iberia, Benelux, Greece & UK companies based in Milan, Italy, from 2014 to 2016 and Managing Director of the Generali Private Equity Investment division, in Cologne, Germany for two years.
From 2007 to 2010, Charles was a board member of the French Actuarial Profession where he contributed to the publication of highly technical research articles on ALM and solvency II. He also published a book on Value and Risk Management.
Charles holds a Master of Finance, an MBA and is a fully qualified actuary.
Liana Radu is responsible for steering all compliance activities in Asia and directly manages the Hong Kong local compliance team.
Liana has over 12 years’ experience with Generali in Europe and Asia. This includes five years at the global headquarters in Italy, over three years with the regional team in Hong Kong and four years in local Offices such as Hong Kong and Thailand.
Liana’s areas of expertise include risk and process assessments, set-up of controls frameworks, second level controls, preparing internal policies and procedures based on external regulatory requirements and best practices, anti-financial crime programs (i.e. AML, International Sanctions), distribution compliance, Code of Conduct and promoting the compliance culture.
Liana holds a master’s degree in Insurance and Risk Management from MIB School of Management in Trieste, Italy. She grew up in Romania and speaks English and Italian fluently.
Axel Roesner is responsible for strategy execution, profitable growth and development of the corporate and commercial business across Asia. His team is serving corporate clients, and the ecosystem around them, helping their businesses succeed, and offering them a seamless experience through value-added services and industry expertise.
Axel has over twelve years of insurance industry experience in leading strategy execution, business development and operational excellence. In his previous role, Axel led Operations, IT and business transformation for the corporate and commercial segment across Asia.
Prior to joining Generali, Axel was with Zurich where he held various senior roles in Pricing & Analytics and Underwriting operations. Axel started his career in asset management. He holds an MBA in International Business from California School of International Management and is a certified Lean Black Belt.
Luis Roset is responsible for steering the strategic growth and development of our Life and Property & Casualty business in Asia.
With over three decades of industry experience, Luis has extensive strategic and technical expertise in P&C Retail, financial, actuarial and risk management. He has held senior leadership roles at Generali España, where he was Chief Technical Officer, and most recently, Chief Insurance Officer. Luis also spent two years as Chief Insurance Officer for Generali Portugal.
Luis speaks Spanish and English and understand Portuguese.
Umberto is responsible for addressing, coordinating and monitoring internal audit activities, as well as conducting business and IT audits on group companies and branches across Asia. Prior to joining Generali, Umberto worked for a major Italian commercial bank in different capacities in Australia, China, Hong Kong, Italy and UK.
Steve joined Generali Employee Benefits in September 2018 as Director for the Asia Pacific region. Over the last 20 years, Steve had held various management positions in insurance companies across different countries in the Asia Pacific region, covering both life and health businesses.
Steve is an Associate member of the Society of Actuaries. He spent the early part of his life in Malaysia before going to Canada for his tertiary education. He remained in Canada for a number of years before returning to Asia.