On September 8, 2015, Masahiro Hashimoto, President and Chief Executive Officer of Sumitomo Life Insurance Company, delivered a speech to employees of Symetra Financial Corporation, which speech was reduced to writing and distributed to employees unable to attend the meeting. A transcript of the speech is set forth below.
Transcript of Masahiro Hashimoto Speech delivered at September 8, 2015 Employee Meeting
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Good morning ladies and gentlemen.
My name is Masahiro Hashimoto, President and CEO of Sumitomo Life.
I am very pleased to meet every one of you at Symetra today.
Last month, Symetra and Sumitomo have reached a monumental start-line of our new history.
On this occasion, I would like to convey three messages.
First is why we chose Symetra as our partner in the United States.
The reason is, I believe Symetra and Sumitomo can share the same value.
As you saw in the video, Sumitomo values “tradition” and “innovation”.
When our company was incorporated 100 years ago, we were called “the Diamond of the Industry” because of our “customer first” principle and healthy management.
At the same time, we always remained “future oriented” and have pursued industry leading “innovation” for the benefit of our customers.
When I found Symetra, I found “the Diamond of the US insurance industry” that we can share our value with.
The business principle of Symetra, “VTS”, is the same as our “customer first” principle.
Also, Symetra’s current situation working exceedingly hard in all three business fields to be a “National Player” in the US overlaps with our own history of significant growth in Japan.
These are the reasons we have chosen Symetra as our partner.
Second, I would like to assure you that we do not intend to change the current management and operations of Symetra.
I believe human resource is our greatest asset. So please be assured, continue keeping the value you believe, and continue executing the current successful growth strategy.
As a member of Sumitomo Life Insurance Group, we would like to take part in Symetra’s growth by providing full support to Symetra and strengthening the relationships between Bellevue and Tokyo.
Finally, I would like to talk about what I expect from Symetra as a member of our group
We have been expanding our business to countries outside Japan aiming to “strengthen our business foundation which can be sustainable for the next 50 to 100 years.”
I am confident that we can now make further progress by welcoming Symetra to our group.
Similarly, we believe Symetra can also achieve significant growth as a national brand in the US by strengthening relationships with distribution partners on the back of strong partnership of Sumitomo Life.
Let’s work together and achieve further growth of Symetra and Sumitomo as a global life insurance player !
Thank you very much.