RSA fills Asia and Middle East legal role with ex-Fortis Bank GC

Insurance group RSA has appointed Fortis Bank’s former Asia and Middle East general counsel to a similar role.

Christina Tham has joined RSA as its legal, risk and compliance director for the Asia and Middle East region, based in Singapore.

Tham left Fortis Bank in 2010 following its sale to BNP Paribas. In April 2011, BNP Parabis promoted its global head of derivatives Derek Gobel to regional general counsel, Asia Pacific.

She has over 19 years of experience in financial services and legal practice. Prior to joining Fortis in 2006, she served as vice president for group legal at Singapore’s DBS Bank. She started her career in private practice in Singapore and was made partner at Shook Lin & Bok in 1998.

She will report to RSA’s Singapore-based Asia and Middle East CEO Stuart Purdy, who was appointed a year ago.

“Christina brings an exceptional track record in financial services and legal practice. Her perspective and experience will be particularly important as RSA seeks to grow and develop its businesses and partnerships across Asia and the Middle East,” said Purdy in a statement.

The company currently has eight operations in key markets across Asia and the Middle East and has businesses in 24 countries in the region.