Robert Speers


Robert (Rob) Speers is a partner in Heidrick & Struggles’ Hong Kong office and co-lead of the global Insurance Practice. He provides executive search and leadership consulting services to his clients.


Rob has more than 25 years of experience in Asia across various disciplines and markets within the financial services industry. Before Heidrick & Struggles, he was in a senior regional role in the insurance consulting and technology practice of Willis Towers Watson based in Hong Kong, where he was responsible for business development and key deliveries.

While at Willis Towers Watson, Rob led an advisory project for a large retail bank, securing one of the most profitable life insurance distribution agreements in that market, and advised many insurance companies on distribution channel optimization and numerous buy and sell-side M&A transactions. He worked extensively with insurers on corporate strategy initiatives and developed a high volume of market research reports.

Previously, Rob held senior management roles in strategy and distribution, assisting in MetLife’s Southeast Asia market entries, and was the first chief distribution officer of MetLife’s Vietnam joint venture. Before that, he held senior business development roles with American Express in Singapore.


Aalto University, MBA

University of Waterloo, Bachelor's Degree in Applied Human Sciences