National Pacific Insurance appoints new General Manager

National Pacific Insurance (N.P.I.) and Tower Insurance have confirmed the appointment of a New General Manager.

Joanne Rasmussen has secured the role of General Manager National Pacific Insurance, with oversight and responsibilities for the N.P.I. Region across Samoa, American Samoa and Tonga.

She reports to the General Manager Pacific Region, Chris Sutherland. 

Mr. Sutherland said he is pleased to see a local Samoan being appointed to this senior Pacific leadership role within the N.P.I. and Tower Group. 

Ms. Rasmussen replaces Dennis Wellborn who has retired following a seven year term with N.P.I. holding the post of Country Manager for American Samoa and later as the General Manager N.P.I. Samoa

“We are excited to have Joanne on-board as she brings with her strong management and leadership experience and customer focus having worked in a number of senior leadership roles in banking for the past 13 years.” 

Ms. Rasmussen returned home to Samoa in November following a successful assignment as Country Manager for ANZ in American Samoa. 

“N.P.I. and Tower are focused on developing and promoting local Pacific talent and we now have a number of Pacific Nationals working in senior leadership roles across the Pacific, including Samoan National, Ms. Agnes Polu who heads the American Samoa business and recently appointed P.N.G. National, Ms. Diana Tasion, as Country Manager Tonga”  

Joanne is the daughter of Lealofi Leung Wai-Rasmussen and the late Max Rasmussen. She is married to Darren McNeely and they have three daughters; Luafalealii, Sinalei and Leehana.

She is from the villages of Sa’asa’ai, Gataivai Palauli, Malie and Faleata and completed all her primary and secondary education at St. Mary’s School Savalalo and Vaimoso. 

She went on to complete her undergrad and postgrad qualifications in New Zealand and Australia.

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