ACE Group has appointed Jeffery Hager as new regional president, ACE Far East, responsible for its property and casualty (P&C) and accident and health (A&H) insurance businesses in Japan.

Based in Tokyo, Hager will report to John Keogh, vice chairman, ACE Limited, and chairman, Insurance – Overseas General.

He will succeed Neil Smith, who now heads ACE’s P&C and A&H insurance businesses in Thailand

Hager has 20 years of insurance industry experience. He will join ACE from Fireman’s Fund Insurance, where he was National Sales Leader since 2009. Prior to this, he served as executive vice president in charge of AIU’s P&C and A&H insurance company in Japan, as well as regional vice president and then executive vice president of the sales and distribution division of AIU’s Japan and Korea P&C businesses.

Previous to this, he held various increasingly responsible roles in sales, distribution, marketing and claims over 14 years and in multiple US locations, including regional sales and distribution leader.

Keogh said that Jeff has an extensive and varied insurance background, ranging from country management responsibility in Asia to management of an agency sales force in Japan to marketing and front-line claims experience.

"I’m confident that his unique combination of experience and proven leadership of the P&C and A&H businesses in Japan will serve him well in guiding ACE’s continued success in the Japanese market," Keogh said.