Ms Saime Defne Turkes, aged 47, a Turkish, was appointed as a Director and a Member of Investment Committee of Directors of the Company on 28 July 2022.
She is a Chartered Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Management from Bogazici University, Turkey.
She is the President and Chief Operating Officer, Global Retail Markets of East Region Liberty Insurance Pte Ltd overseeing Malaysia, China, India and Asia Market countries (comprising Thailand, Singapore and Hong Kong). She has been in this role since January 2022.
She joined Liberty Mutual in 2006 as Chief Financial Officer of Liberty Sigorta (Turkey), then ascended to Turkish Market President. She has also held roles as Malaysia Market President and Asia Market President and Chief Executive Officer of Liberty Singapore. In her role in Malaysia (Liberty Insurance Berhad), she defined a 5-year strategic roadmap, targets and key initiatives to position Liberty as a top five insurer in the Malaysian insurance market.
She is a Director of Liberty Insurance Berhad and several other Liberty’s subsidiary companies.