Aviva plc (“Aviva”) announces that it has appointed Trevor Matthews as CEO of its UK region and as an executive director of Aviva, subject to FSA approval. Trevor will replace Mark Hodges who has today resigned from the board of Aviva plc to join Towergate Insurance as its group chief executive. Trevor Matthews is currently vice chairman of Friends Life and was previously CEO of Friends Provident Holdings (UK) plc. Amongst other senior positions, he was also chief executive of Standard Life’s UK life and pensions business, managing director of Legal & General in Australia and is currently Chairman of the Financial Skills Partnership in the UK. Andrew Moss, group chief executive of Aviva, said: “After a successful career at Aviva I am very sorry to see Mark leave, but we understand that he wishes to take on a different challenge at this stage in his career. We wish him well in his new position. “I am delighted that Trevor Matthews has agreed to join Aviva as the UK CEO and as an executive director. Trevor has an outstanding track record of achievement in insurance globally and will be a strong addition to our leadership team.’’ Trevor Matthews said: “It is a privilege to join Andrew Moss and the Aviva leadership team. Aviva is a business that I have always admired and seen as a formidable competitor in my previous roles. Over the coming years I am confident that Aviva UK will continue to strengthen its position as the country’s undisputed leader in insurance.” Trevor Matthews will join Aviva as soon as possible. David Barral, CEO UK Life, and David McMillan, CEO UK General Insurance, will continue to run Aviva’s market leading insurance operations in the UK with responsibility for driving forward plans to further improve profitability, expand distribution and effectively serve customers’ needs.
Biographical information on Trevor MatthewsTrevor Matthews is a highly experienced financial services CEO with a strong track record of leading profitable businesses in the UK and internationally. He is currently vice chairman of Friends Life and from 2008 to 2011 was CEO of Friends Provident Holdings (UK) plc and, following the acquisition by Resolution, Friends Life. Trevor was responsible for leading Friends Provident through its acquisition by Resolution in November 2009 and for the successful takeover and integration of the majority of AXA UK’s life business in September 2010 and Bupa’s life insurance business in January 2011. Between 2004 and 2008 Trevor Matthews led Standard Life’s UK life and pensions business, one of the UK’s leading life insurance companies with 4.5 million customers. Trevor was responsible for Standard Life’s successful operational performance and improved the profitability of UK sales from a loss of £133m in 2004 to a profit of £167m in 2006. Whilst at Standard Life Trevor was responsible for a reduction in expenses, revised product mix, high levels of customer service and the introduction of award winning products and services such as self invested personal pension (SIPP) and wrap platforms. Trevor also has extensive experience internationally, as President and CEO of Manulife in Japan, Chairman of Manulife Bank in Canada and managing Director of Legal & General’s life insurance business in Australia. He is also Chairman of the Financial Skills Partnership in the UK, a board member of the Association of British Insurers and was previously President of the Chartered Insurance Institute. Background information on Aviva UK Aviva is the UK’s largest insurer with 19 million customers and one in three households has a relationship with us. Our combination of life, health and general insurance is unique in its scale and breadth in the UK market. We are ranked as one of the UK’s top ten most valuable brands and we’ve been voted the UK’s top insurer by insurance intermediaries across life, general insurance and health. We are the number one bancassurance provider and have become the partner of choice for many of the UK’s biggest organisations.
In 2010 our UK business delivered total IFRS operating profit growth of 21% to £1,411m. The life business achieved record operating profits, up 26% to £850m and in general insurance profits increased 8% to £579m with a combined operating ratio of 96% and sales increasing every quarter during the year. We have had a good start to 2011 with general insurance net written premiums up 20% to over £1 billion in the first quarter 2011 and since the start of 2010 we have attracted 580,000 additional new motor customers. Underlying life and pension sales were up 7%, excluding bulk purchase annuity sales, and profitability increased with an IRR of 16%.Notes to editors:
- In accordance with paragraph LR 9.6.13R of the listing rules, Aviva confirms there is no information to be disclosed in terms of LR 9.6.13R (2) to LR 9.6.13R (6) inclusive in respect of Trevor Matthews. Mr Matthews was formerly a director of Standard Life plc and Friends Provident Holdings (UK) plc.
- At the date of this announcement, Trevor Matthews has no beneficial interests in ordinary shares of Aviva.
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