Aviva has appointed Trevor Matthews as new CEO of its UK region and as an executive director of Aviva. Matthews is currently vice chairman of Friends Life and was previously CEO of Friends Provident (UK).

Trevor will replace Mark Hodges who is leaving Aviva to join Towergate Insurance as its group chief executive.

Amongst other senior positions, Matthews 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.

Aviva group chief executive Andrew Moss said that the Trevor has an outstanding track record of achievement in insurance globally and will be a strong addition to our leadership team.

Aviva said Matthews will join Aviva as soon as possible. David Barral, CEO UK Life, and David McMillan, CEO of UK General Insurance, will continue to run Aviva’s insurance operations in the UK with responsibility for driving forward plans to further improve profitability, expand distribution and effectively serve customers’ needs.

However, the appointment of Matthews is subject to FSA approval.