John Lawson leaves Aviva after six years

John Lawson leaves Aviva after six years

John Lawson has stepped down from his role as head of retirement policy at Aviva after six years.

According to the pension provider, Mr Lawson (pictured) left the business at the end of April to pursue other interests.

A spokesperson at Aviva said: “John was with Aviva for over six years and we thank him for his contribution and wish him all the best for the future.’

According to Mr Lawson’s Linkedin profile he will now be “taking a break” and “enjoying the summer”.

Before joining Aviva in 2013, Mr Lawson was head of pensions policy at Standard Life from 2001 to 2012.

And before this he was associate director of sales strategy and development at Bank of Scotland where he developed self invested personal pension and small self administered scheme propositions.

There have been several staff changes at Aviva following recent restructuring plans.

In October 2018, Aviva's chief executive Mark Wilson left the provider. 

At the time an Aviva spokesperson said Mr Wilson was hired to the position of chief executive in 2013 to "deliver the turnaround" of the insurance giant, and having successfully done that a new phase of leadership was needed.

In March 2019, Mr Wilson was then replaced by Maurice Tulloch, who joined the insurer in 1992 and was previously chief executive of its international insurance business.

Following Mr Tolluch’s appointment, in April Andy Briggs, former chief executive of Aviva’s UK insurance division, decided to leave the provider.

Mr Briggs is on gardening leave until October 23 "to support an orderly transition".

In June, Aviva announced that it was planning to reshape its business so the general insurance business will be managed separately from the rest of the group.

Mr Tulloch said these plans were the first steps towards making the insurance company "simpler, more competitive and more commercial".

Aviva intends to save £300m per year by 2022 and will make these cost savings through cutting central costs, making savings in contractor and consultant spending, and a reduction in project expenditure.

It will also make 1,800 "role reductions" across the group out of a total workforce of about 30,000.


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