Aviva makes major changes at the top

Insurance Business America | April 24, 2019

It’s not quite all change at the top – but there is certainly a major shuffle under way at insurance giant Aviva. The company today announced the departure of CEO of UK insurance Andy Briggs – a move that follows swiftly on the back of the appointment of new group CEO Maurice Tulloch, a position that Briggs himself had been hotly tipped for in some circles. Briggs will also depart from the position of director of Aviva plc, though he is set to remain with the firm until October 23, 2019 to “support an orderly transition.” The move sees Angela Darlington step into the role of CEO of UK insurance on an interim basis – Darlington is currently the group’s chief risk officer. She joined the firm back in 2001 and was previously chief risk officer of the UK life business – her appointment remains subject to regulatory approval. In a release announcing the changes, it was stated that Tulloch was looking to review the UK business on the back of Briggs’ departure to ensure “appropriate management structure.” Of note for the Canadian market, however, is that he is also looking to bring in more business unit leaders to the group’s senior leadership team in an effort to broaden it.


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