Aviva North America, a part of global insurance and annuities company Aviva, has appointed Dan Guilbert as the new chief risk offer (CRO).

According to Aviva, the risk group previously reported into its finance function, but now has been separated out and will now report directly to the North America CEO.

In his new role, Mr Guilbert will be responsible for bringing together all aspects of risk including enterprise, financial, operation and regulatory, life insurance and property & casualty under one function, allowing for an aggregate view across all of its risk categories. He will also work closely with Robin Spencer, CRO of Aviva.

Mr Guilbert, most recently, served as the chief actuary and risk officer for The Hartford Life Insurance Company in Connecticut as the culmination of a 14-year career with the insurer.

Igal Mayer, CEO of Aviva North America, said: “This appointment speaks to the increased importance of the Risk function to Aviva. By creating a separate regional Risk function and selecting a seasoned professional like Dan Guilbert to lead the team and serve on the North America executive team, we’re sending a clear message internally and externally that we will consider risk in all decisions we make.”