Aviva appoints former Zurich Europe CEO as director

Aviva appoints former Zurich Europe CEO as director

Aviva has appointed the former European head of rival insurer Zurich to its board. 

Amanda Blanc resigned as chief executive of EMEA at Zurich in July, after eight months in the role.

She is known as an advocate of greater diversity in the workplace. 

Ms Blanc was also chairwoman of the Association of British Insurers (ABI) after being appointed as the first woman to chair the board in July 2018.

However, as only employees of insurance firms can be on the ABI board she was required to step aside when she left Zurich.

Prior to joining Zurich Ms Blanc had spent seven years at Axa, including as chief of the UK general insurance business.

The non-executive role at Aviva will see Ms Blanc chair the governance committee of the insurer. 

In a stock exchange announcement confirming appointment, released today (December 3), Sir Adrian Montague, chairman of Aviva, said: "We are delighted to welcome Amanda Blanc as an independent non-executive director and as the new chair of the governance committee.

"Amanda'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."

The appointment is subject to regulatory approval.

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