PartnerRe hires John Mok to lead APAC life & health business

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PartnerRe has appointed John Mok as Asia-Pacific CEO, life & health, effective February 2021.

Mok will be based in Singapore and will report to Marc Archambault, CEO life & health and group executive committee member, according to a statement by the company. In this new role, he will be in charge of growing the reinsurer’s life and health business in the region.

With 18 years’ experience in the re/insurance industry of the region, Mok will join PartnerRe from Swiss Re, where he most recently held the position of head of client markets in Japan. He has held various senior roles

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Trump to sign executive orders on preexisting conditions, surprise medical billing

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U.S. President Donald Trump speaks while hosting an event commemorating the repatriation of Native American remains and artifacts from Finland in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, September 17, 2020.

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President Donald Trump will sign a series of executive orders aimed at protecting people with preexisting conditions and preventing surprise medical bills, senior administration officials said Thursday.

Trump is expected to discuss the executive orders, which are part of his “America First” health-care plan, during his visit to Charlotte, North Carolina later Thursday, the officials said.

Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar

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Swiss Re divulges percentage of countries at risk of ecosystem collapse

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However, 20% of countries globally are at risk of their ecosystems collapsing due to a decline in biodiversity, according to a study based on Swiss Re’s new Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services Index. The research found that both developing and advanced economies are at risk, while developing countries that have a heavy dependence on agricultural sectors are especially susceptible to BES shocks.

“Among G20 economies, South Africa and Australia top the rankings of fragile BES,” Swiss Re said. “The well-known impact of water scarcity is a driver for these countries, alongside factors such as coastal protection and pollination.”

Brazil and Indonesia

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What the post-coronavirus workplace might look like

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A computer-generated image from interiors contractor Portview shows how office space may be segregated as people go back to the workplace after the coronavirus lockdowns are eased.

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What will the post-Covid workplace look like? Steelcase is one of the largest manufacturers of office furniture — desks, chairs, storage products and office pods — and they have a lot of ideas.

They are partnering with MIT to better understand how air circulates in an office environment.

“Well, we know that the six-foot rule is not as simple as that,” CEO Jim Keane told me. “The science shows that particles travel

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