Change at life company

Briggs to leave Aviva after losing out on top group job

AvivaAndy Briggs, CEO of Aviva UK Life, will leave the company in October with sources saying he was disappointed to be overlooked for the top job.

Mr Briggs, who was chief executive of life company Friends Life when it was acquired by Aviva in 2015,  was tipped to succeed Mark Wilson as group CEO.

However, the insurer chose international insurance chief Maurice Tulloch who took up the post last month. He will review how the UK business and introduce an “appropriate management structure”.

This will involve bringing more business unit leaders to the group’s senior leadership team including Colm Holmes, CEO of Aviva Canada and global corporate & speciality, and Patrick Dixneuf, CEO of Aviva’s European businesses and Aviva France.

Mr Briggs steps down from his role immediately but stays on to help with transitioning the business.

The group will no longer be seeking an international CEO, the role previously filled by Tulloch before he became group CEO.

Mr Tulloch said: “These appointments are an important first step to bring greater energy, pace and commercial thinking to Aviva.

“Andy Briggs is a brilliant leader and good friend. Aviva has benefitted 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.”

In the interim, group chief risk officer Angela Darlington will be in charge of the company’s UK life arm.


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