Sun Life Financial has made a big regional appointment, announcing that Stephan Rajotte will join the firm. Effective September 7, Rajotte comes on board as president, Sun Life Financial Asia and will be based in Hong Kong.

Reporting to Donald Stewart, chief executive officer of Sun Life Financial, Rajotte will have overall responsibility for its businesses in Hong Kong, China, the Philippines, Indonesia and India.

Rajotte officially takes over the role from Douglas Henck, who retired from his post last year. During his five years at Sun Life, Henck played a substantial role in building the firmÆs Asia headquarters in Hong Kong and establishing its Indian joint venture Birla Sun Life. He was also instrumental in opening its China venture and in the July 2005 acquisition of CMG Asia and CommServe Financial.

Since HenckÆs retirement, C James Prieur, Sun LifeÆs president and chief operating officer, looked after the Asia business. Recently, Prieur left the firm to become chief executive officer of US insurance company Conseco.

Rajotte joins Sun Life from MetLife International, where he was most recently managing director, Asia-Pacific region. His appointment follows the recent announcement by Sun Life that Peter Kong has joined the firm in Hong Kong as vice president and head of group and pensions business.