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Alex Kimura

Partner, Singapore

Leads McKinsey’s insurance work in Asia and advises leading financial services organizations, with a specialized focus on transformation programs to improve client impact, accelerate performance, and drive shareholder value

Alex

Alex helps lead McKinsey’s insurance work, providing expertise and building go-to-market assets and capabilities to drive client impact. He collaborates with executives at multinational corporations and regional organizations on strategy and growth programs, product innovation and distribution performance, digital and analytic transformations, and technology and capability building.

His recent client work includes helping clients transform operations and portfolios, develop high-performance productivity improvement initiatives, define global post COVID-19 strategies and business builds, as well as develop digital, analytics and ecosystem strategies.

Prior to joining McKinsey, Alex worked in investment banking and management consulting; he also held C-suite positions at leading global insurance firms where he worked across life and retirement, property and casualty, and health insurance businesses. He also helped execute large transactions and structuring activities across the region such as portfolio acquisitions, partnerships, joint ventures, and carve-outs and divestments. With a focus on digital innovation, he has helped lead efforts to build new insurance business models and chaired the digital innovation roundtable of Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS). Over the years, Alex has also served on a number of boards across Asia.

Alex is a frequent speaker at several industry conferences, a member of Startup Bootcamp Fintech, and regularly judges at MAS Global Fintech. He is also the host of the McKinsey on Insurance podcast and frequently publishes on innovation and transformation topics.

Alex is an avid tennis player and global traveler. He has traveled to more than 80 countries, and his travel goal is to visit at least one UNESCO heritage site a year. After having resided and worked in 11 countries, he is now based in Singapore with his wife and five children.

Published work

Five steps to improve innovation in the insurance industry,” McKinsey & Company, March 2022

Connecting employee health and wealth: Interview with CXA Group’s CEO,” McKinsey & Company, January 2022

From insurtech to incumbent: How Aviva Singlife came to life,” McKinsey & Company, October 2021

Global perspectives on insurtechs,” McKinsey & Company, September 2021

Product innovation: The new imperative for insurers in Asia,” McKinsey & Company, March 2021

Insurance strategy in Asia: Using programmatic M&A during the pandemic,” McKinsey & Company, October 2020

Asia: Primed for digital disruption, Asia Insurance Review, 2018

Interview

Asian insurers must harness post-pandemic wave of innovation,” Insurance Business Asia, 2021

Past experience

Aviva
Managing director and chief strategy officer, Aviva Asia

AXA
COO, Axa Japan

AXA
Chief strategy officer

Education

Columbia University
MBA