Barry Stowe is Chief Executive of Prudential Corporation Asia, part of the UK based
Prudential plc. Barry is honoured to take part in The 2015 Taipan’s Match.
When Barry arrived on the shores of Hong Kong from the US back in 1999, his
experience of rugby was limited to say the least - in fact, he’d never sat through
a full game, let alone set foot on a pitch.
But it wasn’t long before Barry realised that rugby wasn’t just a game that just
popped up occasionally in his new Hong Kong life. It ran through the veins of
the place, truly mirroring the city’s dynamism while infusing a healthy lifestyle
and energetic force into the busy lives of city dwellers.
Barry has come to appreciate the team spirit and energy of the game, so much
that he is just about getting past his fear of tackling without pads and a helmet
(unlike his beloved American Football), and has even started to enjoy the thrill
of this fast, scrappy and fun-filled game.
Off the pitch, Barry’s passion for sports doesn’t stop when he gets to the office.
Prudential has sponsored a number of sporting events over the years, including
the New Year’s Day Rugby Youth Tournament as well as the Prudential Beach
5s which kicked off the city’s world famous Rugby Week once again this year at
the Repulse Bay beach.
Responsible for Prudential plc’s network of life insurance and asset
management businesses across 14 Asian markets, Barry is also a member of
the Group Executive Committee and serves as an executive director on the
Prudential plc Board.
Prudential is one of the region’s largest life insurers and focuses on meeting
customers’ long term protection and savings needs. Today it has over 13 million
customers and has leading positions in many markets. Prudential’s Asian asset
management division, Eastspring Investments, manages close to US$121
billion (£77.3 billion) in assets (as at 31 December 2014).
Prior to joining Prudential in October 2006, Barry was President of Accident &
Health Worldwide for AIG Life Companies.
Barry is a member of World Economic Forum’s Committee on Investment in
Emerging Markets and the Board of Directors of the International Insurance
Society. He serves as a member on the Board of Visitors of Lipscomb
University and the Board of Managers of Hong Kong International School, and
is Chairman of Save the Children (Hong Kong).