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Our Board of Directors

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Richard (Rick) Vargo

Chairman of the board

Richard (Rick) Vargo is an experienced senior executive with more than thirty-five (35) years of progressive life insurance and retail banking experience through diverse positions in the dynamic markets of Asia. He held positions in John Hancock, AXA,  and AIA. Before moving to Aviva Singlife, he was the Managing Director of Bancassurance in DBS Singapore. He demonstrated a track record in successfully developing and growing financial service businesses and their increasingly digital distribution channels with proven results in both multi-national and Asian domiciled companies.

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Julian Aboitiz


Julian Aboitiz is a seasoned financial services executive with a passion for innovation and driving positive change. Currently, he leads the Salary and Pension Loans business at City Savings Bank, leveraging his experience from previous roles at UnionBank of the Philippines and Renoir Consulting.

 He actively contributes as a Non-Executive Director at Singlife Philippines and holds leadership positions in esteemed organizations like Aboitiz Energy Solutions and its subsidiaries Adventenergy and Lima Land. 

Julian holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and a Master's in Digital Business and Innovation, equipping him with a strong foundation and a forward-thinking mindset. He brings a robust skillset to the table including customer experience, sales, valuation, business development, strategy, and financial analysis. These skills provide valuable insights for Singlife's growth journey.

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Damian Ho


Damian is the Group Head of Strategy and Corporate Development of Singapore Life Ltd. He joined Singlife in March 2018 with over 20 years of experience in Mergers & Acquisitions, Capital Markets and Private Equity across Southeast Asia. He was previously a Managing Director, Global Banking, in HSBC from 2011 to 2017. Prior to that, he held various positions in HSBC Private Equity and DBS Bank.

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Sherie Ng

Executive Director

Sherie Ng is the Executive Director of the Board and Co-founder spearheading Singlife Philippines hyper-growth and business expansion.

Singlife Philippines is the fastest growing and leading digital insurer start-up democratizing financial protection and security for all Filipinos.

She joins from the country leadership role at Google Cloud where she was responsible for leading revenue and go-to-market strategy and operations for Google Cloud, and working with teams across Google to help customers in all industries reimagine their business through data-powered innovation. Sherie is also known for her leadership in leading two major industry national movements namely “Point Carbon Zero Forum & National AI Trailblazer” in partnership with MAS Monetary Authority of Singapore and MCI Ministry of Communications and Information of the government of Singapore.

Sherie joined Google Cloud from Microsoft, where she was General Manager, Public Sector, Asia Pacific. During her time with the company, she spearheaded business engagements and partnerships with public sector institutions – government agencies, state-owned enterprises, and healthcare and education institutions. In addition, Sherie championed social impact programs around bridging the digital skills gap, enhancing countrywide capabilities in digital transformation and AI, and advancing sustainability goals.

In her 28 year-long career in technology leadership, Sherie has also served as Managing Director, Southeast Asia, NICE Systems, and held management roles with Invensys Operations Management, Singtel, Comverse Technologies, CSG Systems and Lucent Technologies. Sherie also sits on the board/advisory board of Singlife Philippines, OTIS AI, Di-firm, Sparks AI, The Binary Holdings, Qeplon Holdings, NTU Alumni Advisory Board etc.

Sherie holds an undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, and she also successfully completed the MIT Sloan Executive Education program in Digital Business Strategy, Stanford VCUnlocked and the INSEAD Global CEO program in International Business.

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Natividad N. Alejo

Independent Director

Nabbie Alejo is the Managing Director of AlphaPrimus Advisors Inc., a premier mergers and acquisitions service company. She is also currently a director of BPI Direct BanKo Inc. and an advisor to the board of microfinance-oriented rural bank, CARD MRI Rizal Bank, Inc.

Nabbie has held several leadership positions in the past including President of BPI Family Savings Bank and BPI Capital Corporation. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the Divine World University and completed her Master’s Degree in Economics at the University of the Philippines.