The insurer, which has made a flurry of takeovers in Asia in the past three years, will consider acquisitions as well as building its own presence in the two markets, Kevin Strain, president of Sun Life Financial Asia told Reuters. Sun Life, which hopes to benefit from Asia’s burgeoning middle class in markets such as China and India, has not yet set any timeline for the proposed expansion, he said. Sun Life currently operates in seven Asian markets including China, Hong Kong, India, the Philippines and Malaysia. A move into Singapore and Thailand would significantly bolster its presence in Southeast Asia. “These are two markets and potentially we will look at them,” Strain, who is responsible for Sun Life’s business interest in Asia and is a member of the company’s executive team, said. Your Domain Name“It’s a sizeable opportunity.” Southeast Asia is a battleground for foreign insurers who are attracted by the region’s lower insurance penetration levels and faster growth rates for life insurance premiums than in their home markets. Singapore, as a regional financial centre, provides an opportunity to sell products to high net worth clients, while Thailand, with a population of about 66 million, will give Sun Life access to a large pool of potential buyers, Strain said. Major insurance players in Singapore include Great Eastern Holdings and Manulife, which signed a deal in May with DBS Group Holdings to sell products through the lender’s Asian branch network. Sun Life took full control of its Indonesian business earlier this year, while sources in July said the Canadian firm and Malaysian sovereign wealth fund Khazanah Nasional were in talks to buy the insurance business of Hong Leong Financial Group Bhd. A number of insurers were also considering bids in May to buy at least 49 percent of the $3 billion insurance unit of Thai lender Siam Commercial Bank, sources said. Strain declined to comment on individual transactions, but said Sun Life continued to look for takeover opportunities in Asia, although he noted some targets have become expensive.
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From the beginning, the focus of the task force went beyond finding the most financially viable model for managing course materials, and was focused on how textbooks were part of the formula for improving student success. interview debugging skillsThe bookstore’s situation reflected that students were not purchasing their required course materials and were coming to class unprepared to learn, causing them to quickly fall behind. It’s not only Avila administrators to whom this issue was apparent: a report by the U.S. Public Interest Research Group found that 93 percent of faculty agree that students with their materials receive higher grades, and 94 percent of students worry that not purchasing required materials will hurt their grade in class. “Avila’s approach to education is to bring out the best in our students, so they can bring out the best in others. If students don’t have their books at the start of the semester, they are at a major disadvantage and are seriously challenged to reach their full academic potential. Once we started to realize the full impact of students not having their required materials, we knew we needed to make major changes to ensure we were giving all students the best opportunity to succeed from the beginning,” said Pridal. As a practitioner of a Change Management style of leadership, Toler was ready to lead his task force to make more than small changes to prepare students for success. After a thorough review of all of the available models in the marketplace, including a Virtual Bookstore or leased solution, they chose to implement Rafter360, beginning in the Fall 2016 Semester.
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