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Dave Morrow

Director, Head of Property & Casualty Division
Chubb Insurance Japan
Regional Vice President
Chubb Far East

Date of birth: Nov. 1, 1974

Hometown: Auckland

Number of years in Japan (cumulative): 1 (as of September 2018)

Dave Morrow
Q1: What was your first encounter with Japan?

My first significant encounter was working for a Japanese insurer for a few years while based in London. In 2015, I visited Japan for the first time and explored Kyoto, Takayama and Tokyo and also climbed Mount Fuji. The trip was fantastic and from that visit I knew if there was a chance to make a permanent move to Japan, I would jump at it.

Q2: Please state your motto in life and why you have chosen it.

I like to keep positive and remain calm even when things aren’t going well. I like to listen and collaborate, which I think works well in a lot of Asian cultures. Once I’ve come to a decision, I like to execute that decision quickly.

Q3 : Over your career, what achievement are you the proudest of?

I’m proud to have lived, worked and enjoyed success in five diverse insurance markets around the world. I think I’ve adapted well and enjoyed working in all of those markets, made some great friends and gained a lot from the experiences.

Q4 : What are your goals during your time in Japan, your current position or in life?

From a personal standpoint, I’m determined to speak Japanese at a reasonable conversational level. However, I still have a long way to go before I get to that point. I think Japan is a fantastic country and I would like to think I would retain strong ties with the country.

Q5 : What wisdom, advice or tips can you give to people living and working in Japan?

There are many amazing places to explore in Japan and I don’t want to regret not seeing as much as possible while living here. Learn and respect the business culture and greetings, among other practices, as soon as possible. I also think it’s important to at least learn some basic language skills in Japan. I genuinely believe the Japanese people appreciate you at least making an attempt to learn the language.

Last updated: Sep 4, 2018