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MICHAEL WRIGLEY , head of sales, Asia Hansard In­ter­na­tional

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Share with us your ca­reer thus far.

I was pre­vi­ously sales di­rec­tor re­spon­si­ble for IFA dis­tri­bu­tion in Sin­ga­pore at Stan­dard Life In­ter­na­tional. Prior to that I worked at Zurich Life Sin­ga­pore as head of ex­pa­tri­ate sales be­fore leav­ing in 2013 to join Stan­dard Life. I bring with me 18 years of ex­pe­ri­ence in the life in­sur­ance in­dus­try. I’ve been brought in to ex­pand Asia Hansard In­ter­na­tional’s IFA busi­ness through my ex­ist­ing net­works, in­crease fo­cus on our prod­uct propo­si­tion and en­sure high qual­ity ser­vice de­liv­ery to our part­ners.

Tell us about a re­cent meal you had over­seas that bowled you over.

I re­cently ate at a won­der­ful Viet­namese fu­sion res­tau­rant in Hong Kong called Chôm Chôm. It has a lively bar and kitchen and is si­t­u­ated on a street cor­ner in Soho. The menu is in­spired by Viet­namese street food and you can’t make a reser­va­tion, so you just have to show up and hope for a spot. The queues some­times go around the street cor­ner as the food is just de­li­cious!

What’s your idea of a per­fect foodie hol­i­day?

I love Mediter­ranean food so I’m look­ing for­ward to go­ing to Greece this sum­mer with my fam­ily and in­dulging in fresh pro­duce and seafood from the Aegean Sea. We plan to spend some time in Athens and also on the is­land of Mykonos and I can’t wait to have the tra­di­tional Greek fish baked in thyme salt crust and served with freshly roasted veg­eta­bles.

What’s an un­der-rated lo­cal eatery that you love go­ing to?

My wife and I en­joy au­then­tic French cui­sine at Bistro du Vin in Shaw Cen­tre. It’s in our neigh­bour­hood, of­fers great wines and a fes­tive and warm at­mos­phere.

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