Robert Speers

Principal

Office Location: Hong Kong

Phone: +852 21039300

Robert (Rob) Speers is a principal within Heidrick & Struggles’ Financial Services Practice, focusing on the insurance industry in Asia. Based in Hong Kong, he delivers executive search and leadership consulting services.

Rob has more than 20 years of experience in Asia across a multitude of disciplines and markets within the financial services industry. Prior to Heidrick & Struggles, Rob was in a senior regional role with Willis Towers Watson based in Hong Kong in the insurance consulting and technology practice where he was responsible for business development and key deliveries for the firm. Most recently, Rob successfully led an advisory project for a large retail bank, securing one of the most profitable life insurance distribution agreements in that market.

During his tenure at Willis Towers Watson, Rob advised many insurance companies on distribution channel optimization and numerous buy and sell-side M&A transactions. He also worked extensively with insurers on corporate strategy initiatives and developed a high volume of market research reports.

Previously, Rob held senior management roles at MetLife Asia in strategy & distribution assisting in MetLife’s Southeast Asia market entries, and was the first Chief Distribution Officer of MetLife’s Vietnam joint venture. Prior to that, Rob held senior business development roles with American Express in Singapore.

Education:

Rob has an Executive MBA from Aalto University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Waterloo, majoring in applied human sciences.