Aviva announces new group executive team

Article date: 23 April 2007

Aviva plc (“Aviva”), the savings, investments and insurance group, today announces a new group executive team, following the announcement of Andrew Moss’s appointment as group chief executive with effect from 12 July 2007.  These changes reflect the increasingly multi-national nature of the group’s businesses.

As announced in January 2007, Philip Scott, currently executive director with responsibility for Aviva’s operations outside Europe, will become group finance director.  He will continue to be a member of Aviva plc’s board and will also retain his responsibilities for asset management.  

Tidjane Thiam, chief executive, Aviva Europe, Mark Hodges, chief executive, Norwich Union Life, Anupam Sahay, group strategy and development director, and John Ainley, group HR director, will continue in their current roles.

Tom Godlasky, currently chief executive, Aviva USA, will become chief executive, North America, and will lead Aviva’s operations in the USA and Canada.

Simon Machell, currently chief executive, Norwich Union General Insurance, will become chief executive, Asia Pacific, and will lead Aviva’s Asian and Australian businesses.

Igal Mayer, currently chief executive, Aviva Canada, will become chief executive, Norwich Union General Insurance.

All the executives above will report to Andrew Moss and will be members of the group executive committee, which is chaired by the group chief executive.

All appointments are effective from 12 July 2007 and are subject to the appropriate regulatory approvals.

Patrick Snowball, currently group executive director, Aviva UK, will leave the group at the end of June 2007 in order to take up the role of deputy chairman at Towergate Partnership, a significant business partner for Norwich Union in the UK.  

Andrew Moss, group finance director, said: “Aviva is increasingly a multi-national business and the way we manage our operations will now reflect this. I’m excited to be working with such a talented executive team. Together we will continue to drive aggressive, high-quality growth for Aviva.  We have a strong and well-balanced portfolio of businesses and our prospects are excellent.”

Lord Sharman of Redlynch, Aviva’s chairman, said: “Andrew Moss has appointed a team of strong leaders who will bring new energy and a solid track record of delivery to Aviva’s ambitious growth plans. Patrick Snowball has made an excellent contribution to Aviva over his many years with the group. The board wishes him every success in his future career.”



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Notes to editors:

  • Aviva announced on 10 January 2007 that, after almost a decade in a CEO role, Richard Harvey will retire as group chief executive on 11 July 2007.  Andrew Moss, currently Aviva’s group finance director, will succeed Richard following his retirement.
  • Aviva is the leading provider of life and pensions to Europe with substantial positions in other markets around the world, making it the world’s fifth largest insurance group based on gross worldwide premiums at 31 December 2005.
  • Aviva’s principal business activities are long-term savings, fund management and general insurance, with worldwide total sales of £41.5 billion and assets under management of £364 billion at 31 December 2006.
  • The Aviva media centre at www.aviva.com/media includes images, company and product information and a news release archive.

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