Stephen B. Roder
Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Steve Roder joined Manulife Financial in June 2012 as Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. In this role, he is responsible for the global financial affairs of the Company including, Actuarial and Capital Management, Treasury, Controllership, Taxation, Financial Regulation, Investor Relations and Reinsurance activities. He is a member of the Company’s Executive committee. Mr. Roder is based at the company’s headquarters in Toronto, Canada.
With more than 20 years of executive experience in Asia’s insurance and financial services sector, Mr. Roder has a wealth of knowledge in accounting, risk management and finance. He has worked as an auditor, advisor, and consultant, providing advice to CEOs, CFOs and boards. Mr. Roder has strong global relationships in the life insurance industry and regulatory environment.
Prior to joining Manulife, Mr. Roder was CFO of AIA Group Ltd. During his tenure with AIA, Mr. Roder gained valuable experience developing positive relationships with regulators, investors, rating-agencies and other key stakeholders across multiple jurisdictions. He also modernized the finance function by driving finance transformation, achieving major improvements in process and control, and building the tax, investor relations and business analysis functions. In addition to his CFO responsibilities, Mr. Roder chaired the AIA Group Risk Committee, developing and rolling out a new risk governance framework for the company.
Before AIA, Mr. Roder headed KPMG’s financial services practice in Asia where he gained experience in insurance, audit, transactions, and banking. During his 16 years as a partner at KPMG, Mr. Roder worked in Hong Kong, London, and Japan, advising a variety of major global financial institutions. Mr. Roder showed his global orientation when he founded Project China Global, a project to capture more multinational work in China from the KPMG world and to prepare the KPMG world to assist Chinese clients expanding globally.
Mr. Roder is former chairman of the Expert Panel on Insurance of the Hong Kong Institute of CPAs, former President of the Royal Society of St. George, Tokyo, and former chairman of the British School in Tokyo.
Mr. Roder has a Bachelor of Science from the University of Southampton, United Kingdom, and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales (FCA) and a Fellow of the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants (FHKICPA). He speaks Japanese to an advanced level.