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Andy Briggs steps down as chief executive officer of Aviva

April 24, 2019

Aviva has announced the departure of CEO of UK insurance Andy Briggs, which follows the recent appointment of new group CEO Maurice Tulloch.

Briggs will depart from the position of director at Aviva plc but will remain with Aviva until 23 October 2019 to ‘support orderly transition.”

He joined the board of Aviva in April 2015 to lead Aviva’s enlarged UK Life business following the acquisition of Friends Life where he was group chief executive. During his time at Aviva, Briggs has brought together the businesses in the UK, built a strong leadership team and delivered solid financial results. He has also played an important role as chair of the Association of British Insurers and the Government Business Champion for Older Workers. 

Meanwhile, Angela Darlington, who is currently Aviva’s group chief risk officer, will become interim CEO of UK insurance.

Following the departure of Briggs, Tulloch will lead a review of the UK businesses to ensure the appropriate management structure to build on that success for the future.

Tulloch will focus on bringing more business unit leaders on to the group’s senior leadership team in an effort to broaden it. As a result Aviva will not seek to appoint a new international CEO, the role filled by Tulloch before he became group CEO.

Colm Holmes CEO of Aviva Canada and Global Corporate & Speciality and Patrick Dixneuf  who became CEO of Aviva’s European businesses and remain as CEO of Aviva France will be the latest to join Aviva’s leadership team.

Tulloch, CEO of Aviva commented: "These appointments are an important first step to bring greater energy, pace and commercial thinking to Aviva. Andy Briggs will be missed. Andy is a brilliant leader and a good friend. Aviva has benefited enormously from his extensive industry experience and his integrity and we wish him well for the future. I look forward to working with him during the transitionary period."

Adrian Montague, chairman of Aviva, added: “Andy has made a great contribution to Aviva’s business since he joined the Group following the acquisition of Friends Life in 2015. On behalf of the Board, I would like to pay particular tribute to Andy for his conduct throughout the process to select a new CEO and afterwards, and Andy will leave with our best wishes for his future career.”