Group Chief Executive Officer

Mike is Group CEO having joined Athora in July 2022. He is responsible for the overall coordination and direction of Athora Group and the AHL Management Committee. 

Mike is a global financial services leader with more than three decades’ experience in insurance and retirement services, having started his career at the US brokerage house Dean Witter, before going on to become a managing director at Smith Barney Shearson. 

Prior to Athora, Mike was Group CEO of Prudential plc from 2015 to 2022, leading the group through one of the most significant periods of change in its long history.  He steered Prudential’s successful transformation into an Asia and Africa focused business, including the execution of two strategic demergers and acceleration of the development of an Asian shareholder base through a successful equity issuance on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. 

Mike first joined Prudential in 1995 and became Chief Operating Officer and Vice-Chairman of its then US business, Jackson, in 2003. In 2011, he was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Jackson and joined the Board of Prudential. During his leadership of Jackson, Mike was responsible for the development of Jackson’s market-leading range of retirement solutions. He was also part of the Jackson teams that purchased and successfully integrated a savings institution and two life companies.

Mike holds a BSc in Economics, San Diego State University.

Mike Wells, Group CEO at Athora