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Aviva names Doug Brown as CEO of UK & Ireland Life Insurance

December 16, 2020

Aviva has announced the appointment of Doug Brown as CEO of UK & Ireland Life Insurance, effective April 2021.

Brown currently serves as CEO of Canada Life in the UK and will join Aviva’s Group Executive Committee, reporting to Aviva Group CEO, Amanda Blanc.

He brings significant, senior management experience from the life insurance sector, built over 30 years in the industry.

Brown has led Canada Life’s UK business for the past six years where he transformed the operations to position it for growth. Before that, he was Canada Life’s chief operating officer.  

He has also held various other senior roles in the sector including chief risk officer at Aviva Europe and regional president of AIG Life, UK & Ireland.

Brown succeeds Angela Darlington who will leave Aviva in April 2021, after a period of handover with Doug.

Amanda Blanc, Aviva group CEO, said: “Our aim is to be the UK’s leading insurer, providing customers with all their savings, retirement and insurance needs, at every step of their lives. Doug is a great appointment for Aviva and he will play a key role as we transform Aviva’s performance in the UK.

Angela Darlington has been with Aviva for nearly two decades across a number of senior roles. She has been a relentless champion of our customers and values throughout her time at Aviva and she goes with our thanks and very best wishes.”

Brown, said: “Aviva is very well placed for success in the UK with a strong brand and excellent partner and customer relationships. I am excited to be joining Aviva and extending our leadership in the life insurance market.”