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Aviva chief Harvey is retiring early

Aviva group chief executive Richard Harvey is to retire in July, earlier than expected.

Harvey led the demutualisation of Norwich Union in 1997 and spearheaded the merger of the company with CGU to create Aviva in 2000.

He has been chief executive at Aviva for 10 years and is a former chairman and board member of the Association of British Insurers.

Group finance director Andrew Moss will take over from Harvey and Aviva International executive director Philip Scott will become group finance director.

Moss joined Aviva in 2004 and was previously at Lloyd’s of London, where he was director of finance, risk management and operations.

Harvey says: “With almost 10 years as a chief executive under my belt, there are other dimensions to my life and other things I want to achieve both in international charity work and the business world. “Now is the right time for me to set out on my next adventure while I have the energy and desire to make a difference. Having built a management team at Aviva which has strength and depth, I know that I will leave the company in expert hands.”

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