To oversee the business in Canada

Aviva North America has appointed Maurice Tulloch as the president and CEO of Aviva Canada, effective January 1, 2010. The current president and CEO, Robin Spencer, is returning to the UK to assume the role of chief risk officer for Aviva.

Prior to this appointment, Mr Tulloch was executive vice president, Broker Distribution (Ontario) and Specialty Distribution and part of Aviva Canada’s executive committee. He has been with Aviva since 1992 and has held increasingly senior management positions including president of Aviva-owned Pilot Insurance and executive vice president for Aviva Traders, Aviva Elite and Aviva Scottish and York.

Igal Mayer, incoming chief executive of Aviva North America, said: Maurice’s significant insurance industry experience, ability to drive successful results and extensive relationships with our independent broker partners make him a natural to lead Aviva’s business in Canada. I am pleased that our focus on developing our people has resulted in our new CEO coming from within Aviva Canada.”

In addition to Mr Tulloch’s appointment, Mr Mayer also announced that Greg Somerville will become executive vice president with sole responsibility for the broker business in Canada, a role formerly split in Canada by region. Previously, Mr Somerville was executive vice president, Broker Distribution (East & West), Surety and Reinsurance.