WMU News

Specialist to speak on Chinese and Japanese life insurance markets

Sept. 28, 1999

KALAMAZOO -- An international insurance executive with experience in Asian life insurance markets will kick off the 1999-2000 Global Business Lecture Series at Western Michigan University with a talk Thursday, Sept. 30.

Jack McWhorter, regional vice president of Lincoln Financial Group's Asia-Pacific International Lincoln National Reassurance Co., will speak on "China and Japan: A Tale of Two Countries-Their Life Insurance Markets." His free public address is set for 4 p.m. in Room 1120 of Schneider Hall.

A 30-year veteran of the company, which has its headquarters in Fort Wayne, Ind., McWhorter has directed Lincoln's growth in the Asian market since 1993. Since 1998, he has been the company's lead negotiator of a joint venture with the Chinese insurance firm Ping An to sell life insurance in that nation. Lincoln also is developing other insurance initiatives in Asia and operates business offices in Singapore and Manila.

Lincoln Financial Group is one of this nation's 40 largest corporations and has been involved in international insurance for more than 50 years. Lincoln recently purchased CIGNA's individual life and annuity business as well as Aetna's domestic individual life insurance business.

The Global Business Lecture Series is part of the WMU Haworth College of Business' Asian/Pacific Education Program. The series this year will feature four presentations by business leaders with Asian/Pacific business expertise. The program's 1999-2000 offerings also will include a business export workshop in March, a study tour to Malaysia in June for area business managers, students and faculty, and a June 2-3 international conference that will focus on North America's relations with Asian/Pacific countries.

For more information about the lecture series and other upcoming program events, persons should contact Dr. F. William McCarty, professor of finance and commercial law; Dr. Roger Tang, professor of accountancy; or Dr. Zahir Quraeshi, professor of marketing, at (616) 387-5069.

Media contact: Cheryl Roland, 616 387-8400, cheryl.roland@wmich.edu

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