Insurance company appoints new chief executive

Aviva has announced the appointment of Maurice Tulloch as the new chief executive of its UK and Ireland operations.

Mr Tulloch joined the insurer in 1992 and was appointed the head of Canadian operations in 2009.

Under his command, profits in Aviva’s Canadian arm have grown by 63 per cent, with combined operation ratios improving from 100 per cent to 92 per cent.

Robin Spencer, the insurer’s current chief executive, was said by officials to have made a “considerable contribution” over the last few months during his stint at the head of the firm, but will now leave the company.

Mark Wilson, Aviva group chief executive, said: “One of my priorities since becoming CEO has been to strengthen Aviva’s management team and ensure we have the right people in the right jobs.”

Aviva is the leading general insurer in the UK and serves eight million customers – one in four households. 

Although the firm’s half year profits in the first part of 2013 grew by ten per cent, it is though Mr Wilson wanted a fresh start and this has been borne out in the number of new appointments he has approved in the last few months.

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