Aviva appoints Amanda Blanc as non-executive director

Aviva has appointed Amanda Blanc as independent non-executive director, effective from 2nd January 2020.

In her latest role, Blanc served as chief executive officer for EMEA and global banking partnerships at Zurich (2018 – July 2019).

Prior to that, she worked seven years at AXA, as chief executive officer of commercial lines (2011 – 2012), chief executive of commercial lines and personal intermediary (2012 – 2015), chief executive, general insurance for the UK and Ireland (2015 – 2016) and group chief executive officer for AXA UK, PPP and Ireland (2016 – 2018).

Blanc also held senior management positions at Towergate Insurance Brokers (chief executive officer of the retail broking division from 2006 to 2009 and group deputy chief executive between 2009 and 2010); Groupama (distribution and customer services director from 2003 to 2006) and Commercial Union (a variety of roles between 1989 and 1998).

She was the first woman to be appointed as chair of the Association of British Insurers (2018 – 2019) and was also chair of the Insurance Fraud Bureau (2016 – 2018) and president of the Chartered Insurance Institute (2012 – 2013).

The group also announced that Glyn Barker and Claudia Arney will retire on 31st December.

Barker has served as an independent non-executive director for almost eight years. She has been both chair of the audit committee and the senior independent director and served on the audit, governance, nomination, remuneration and risk committees.

Arney has been an independent non-executive director for almost four years and is chair of the governance committee as well as a member of the nomination, remuneration and risk committees.

Blanc will succeed Arney as chair of the governance committee (subject to regulatory approval) and will become a member of the nomination and risk committees upon appointment to the board.

Chairman of Aviva, Sir Adrian Montague said: “Blanc’s breadth and depth of experience of the UK and European insurance industry, and her detailed understanding of business and customers, make her an excellent addition to our board.”

“Our thanks go to Glyn and Claudia for their very significant contribution to the company during their time as directors,” he added.

The insurer is looking to appoint a senior independent director to succeed Barker.

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