Aviva plc (“Aviva”) announces that John McFarlane will become a non-executive director on 1 September 2011. He will then become deputy chairman on 1 January 2012 and take up the position of chairman from Lord Sharman of Redlynch at the end of June 2012.
John McFarlane is currently a non-executive director of Royal Bank of Scotland Group plc and Westfield Holdings Limited and was for ten years chief executive officer of Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited (ANZ), one of Australia’s top five companies, and one of the world’s major banks. Amongst other senior positions, he was also group executive director at Standard Chartered plc, head of Citibank in the UK and Ireland, a non-executive director of the London Stock Exchange and a member of the Auditing Practices Board and The Securities Association (UK securities regulator).
John McFarlane will step down from the board of the Royal Bank of Scotland by 31 March 2012 and will relocate from Australia to the UK for the purpose of carrying out his duties as chairman of Aviva.
Lord Sharman of Redlynch, chairman of Aviva, said:“John McFarlane’s extensive experience as both an executive and non-executive director in international financial services will be invaluable to Aviva. Under his leadership ANZ became one of Australia’s most respected and best performing companies. I am very pleased that John is joining Aviva – he is an exceptional addition to an already strong board and will continue our focus on delivering shareholder value and serving all of Aviva’s constituents.” John McFarlane said: “I am delighted to be joining Aviva in such an important role. Aviva is a great company and an excellent brand and recent results show that the hard work over the last few years is paying off. I’ve been impressed with the people I have met and look forward to working with them. Aviva has a very promising future and I will be pleased to contribute to its ongoing success.”