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Aviva chief to retire

Aviva has announced that group chief executive Richard Harvey will be retiring on July 11 2007.

Aviva’s group finance director Andrew Moss will be taking over the role while Aviva International executive director Philip Scott will become group finance director.

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

Aviva chairman Lord Sharman of Redlynch says: “When I became Aviva’s chairman, Richard signalled to me that he may not want to stay until the normal retirement age of 60. This is characteristic of his openness, integrity, capacity for thinking well-ahead and innate desire to do what is right. I respect his wish to apply his many and varied talents to other ventures, all of which will undoubtedly benefit from his visionary insight and strong leadership.”

Harvey says: “With almost 10 years as a CEO under my belt, there are other dimensions to my life and other things I want to achieve in both 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 real strength and depth I know that I will leave the company in expert hands.”

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