A promising lifestyle encompasses of key essentials such as protection, health, retirement and savings and once these four essentials in life are met, the life’s journey becomes a truly privileged one. With this in mind, HNB Assurance PLC (HNBA) announced the launch of PrivilegedLife, a lifestyle product for every step, in life’s journey.
Sharing his thoughts, Managing Director/CEO of HNBA and its fully owned subsidiary HNB General Insurance Limited (HNBGI), Deepthi Lokuarachchi stated “PrivilegedLife is another unique product from HNBA which addresses the needs of protection, health, savings and retirement. As a business built on the pillars of protection and focused on taking care of our people, it is our belief that PrivilegedLife would strengthen the core pillars of a thriving life. PrivilegedLife has been developed by carefully analyzing and diving deep into customer insights and the evolving consumer needs to provide the ultimate insurance solution”.
Expressing his views, Chief Operating Officer of HNBA, Prasantha Fernando stated, “PrivilegedLife is not only a product with multiple benefits, it also becomes your go to at times of need as it offers the options of partial fund withdrawals. One of the most significant features of this insurance plan is the Top-Up premium option which protects the Fund’s value over time with attractive annual dividends and we firmly believe that this innovative plan is one plan that could improve the quality of lifestyle as it offers a range of incomparable benefits”.
Lasitha Wimalaratne, Deputy Chief Operating Officer of HNBA stated, “this comprehensive insurance plan is another revolutionary product of HNBA’s product portfolio with bouquet of special benefits including number of Protection Benefits, attractive Annual Dividends, Loyalty Dividends and many more. The journey with PrivilegedLife continues
even after the policy reaches its Maturity stage as it allows the Maturity Fund to be obtained as a Lump Sum or to be converted to Health Fund which could be used for medical needs through cashless bill settlement or the Policy’s Maturity Fund could be obtained as a lifelong pension to spend the golden eve of life with peace of mind. In addition to the main benefits, additional Protection Benefits such as Additional Life Benefit, Accidental Death Benefit, Critical Illness Benefit (covering 29 illnesses), Hospitalization Benefit, Surgical Benefit and Medical Reimbursement Benefit (SupremeHealth Benefit) with an annual worldwide coverage of up to LKR 50 Million could be obtained. PrivilegedLife could be tailored to suit every need in life’s journey and has been designed to ensure that you and your loved ones are well taken care to face the challenges of tomorrow whether or not you’re here for them”.
HNB Assurance PLC (HNBA) announced the appointment of Lasitha Wimalaratne as its Deputy Chief Operating Officer recently. With professional experience of over 21 years, of which over 18 years in Life Insurance Operations, Lasitha has held many key positions in both local and internal organizations including 07 years at AIA Insurance Sri Lanka and 03 years in Sales & Marketing exposure in London. Prior to his current appointment, Lasitha served Softlogic Life Insurance PLC in the capacity of General Manager and Specified Officer overlooking Life Operations.
Having graduated from the University of Sunderland, UK with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Studies, Lasitha obtained his Master of Business Administration Degree from the University of Wales, UK. A Chartered Insurer and a Fellow Member of the Charter Insurance Institute, UK (FCII), Lasitha is also a Fellow Member of the Australian and New Zealand Institute of Insurance and Finance (AZIIF-Fellow) and an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing, UK (ACIM).
Lasitha has served several Honorary titles, including the Honorary Vice President of the Sri Lanka Insurance Institute (SLII). He is also a Council Member of the Association of Chartered Insurance Professionals (ACIP) of Sri Lanka and was the Founder Secretary General of ACIP Sri Lanka.
Lasitha has been a part of several local and international Insurance Seminars and has been a Guest Speaker and a Panelist at several Conferences including the Insurance Claims & Underwriting Management Asia Summit 2017 which was held in Singapore and he was the first to publish a book on insurance in a local context, titled “Jeewitha Rakshanaye Asisriya” which highlights the importance and benefits of Life Insurance.
HNB Assurance PLC (HNBA) and its fully owned subsidiary HNB General Insurance Limited (HNBGI) announced the appointment of Dinuka Pattikiriarachchi as HNBA Group’s Chief Human Resources Officer.
Dinuka holds a Master of Business Administration (HR Special) Degree from the University of Colombo. He holds an Asian Personnel Manager Certification from NICC, Japan and also holds a National Diploma in Human Resources Management from Institute of Personnel Management, Sri Lanka.
Dinuka counts over 25 years of experience of which 19 years in the field of Human Resources Management working at many organizations. He started his professional career at Habib Bank AG Zurich and then continued at MAS Linea Aqua Private Limited and Ceylon Pencils Private Limited. Prior to join HNBA he was functioning as the Senior Manager Human Resources at Nestlé Lanka PLC for more than 07 years.
HNB Assurance Group delivered impressive financial results for the 1st half of 2018, posting a Profit After Tax (PAT) of LKR 805 MN. The 1st half PAT is inclusive of the regular profits together with the One-off Surplus which arose from the insurance industry valuation rule change as well as the 1st quarter valuation of the Life Fund under the new valuation method. The profit growth thus reflected the 357% growth over prior. However, the resultant increase remains uniquely applicable only for the year 2018, the Company communication stated. The Group recorded a Gross Written Premium (GWP) of LKR 4.2 BN depicting a growth of 12% amidst very tight market conditions when compared with the GWP of LKR 3.8 BN recorded during the corresponding period of 2017.
Sharing her views on the financial results, Mrs. Rose Cooray, Chairperson of HNBA and HNBGI stated, “The Group has made progress during the first half, further strengthening our footprint in the insurance industry. These impressive results were achieved amidst many economic and operational challenges. The first half operating results showcase solidity of the HNBA Group and the improved efficiencies of the Life and General businesses and the strategies in place to cater to the insurance needs of our community. Both businesses of the Group are committed to deliver value to all stakeholders as well as to further consolidate firm standing of the Group in the insurance industry”.
Expressing his views on the first half financial results, Mr. Deepthi Lokuarachchi, Managing Director/CEO of HNBA and HNBGI stated, “These results are an outcome of the Group’s well-founded strategies and well-focused management practices. In a challenging economic backdrop, the Group was successful in achieving a GWP growth of 12% during 1H 2018”. Speaking on the performance of each business, Managing Director/CEO, Mr. Lokuarachchi commented “classes such as motor and fire of the General Insurance business showcased an impressive growth while other classes including the Life Insurance business have grown consistently with the market ratios of growth. Total assets of the Group reached LKR 20 BN and the investment in financial instruments surpassed the value of LKR 16.5 BN. As at 30th June 2018, the Life Insurance Fund reached a value of LKR 11.6 BN and the General Insurance Fund reached a value of LKR 2.6 BN”. Speaking on the Group’s future prospects, Mr. Lokuarachchi added that the Group remains confident of its ability to deal with ongoing and imminent challenges facing the business and to grow beyond benchmarks.
Taking the initial step to create awareness on the causes and prevention of cancer, HNB Assurance PLC (HNBA) held a workshop for its staff recently. This workshop was conducted by Dr. Suraj Perera, Board Certified Specialist in Community Medicine and Consultant Community Physician of the College of Community Physicians of Sri Lanka.
Sharing his thoughts Managing Director/CEO of HNBA and its fully owned subsidiary HNB General Insurance Limited, Mr. Deepthi Lokuarachchi stated “as a business sworn take care of our community, we believe that real protection and care truly begin with individuals taking care of themselves and leading a healthy lifestyle and thereafter by encouraging their families and friends to follow similar steps. In the backdrop of the launch of our Hope Cancer Insurance plan, we realized that a workshop of this nature will help in educating as well as in creating awareness firstly amongst our staff for the betterment of themselves and their families and as we believe that our staff would carry this message to the community as ambassadors of the brand”.
Sharing his views on the Cancer Insurance Plan, Chief Operating Officer Mr. Prasantha Fernando stated, “our lifestyles, health habits even hereditary conditions contribute to the development of a cancer and cancer can touch us all at any point in our lives despite our social strata. Hence, it is up to us as individuals to take necessary measures to protect ourselves. The cost of cancer treatment could often pose a threat to family savings and the financial foundation. Considering all these aspects, HNBA launched its Cancer Insurance Plan, ‘Hope’ with the primary objective of providing a ray of hope through financial protection to those individuals and families to overcome this dreaded disease”.
Speaking at the workshop Dr. Suraj Perera stated “this workshop was conducted with the aim of creating awareness on cancer and its prevention. Amongst many contributing factors for the development of a cancer, unhealthy dietary habits, smoking, consumption of alcohol and chewing of betel are identified as the top causes for cancer and it is important to communicate these to individuals as prevention with no doubt is better than cure. Workshops of this nature surely help in making a lasting influence amongst responsible individuals. And we believe that heightening people’s awareness on cancer and its precautions is the first step towards fighting cancer and will help in making a difference in their lifestyles which will ultimately have a positive impact on the wellbeing of our community”.