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Aviva promotes Strauss to UK life chief executive

Aviva UK Life has promoted chief operating officer Toby Strauss to chief executive.

From January 1 Strauss will oversee Aviva’s UK life business, while Aviva UK Life marketing director David Barral is to become chief operating officer.

Former Swiss Re managing director of life and health UK Craig Thornton joins the firm as UK chief risk officer responsible for leading the risk management and governance agenda of the UK business.

Aviva UK chief executive Mark Hodges says: “This new structure will underpin Aviva’s future growth in the UK, releasing the full potential of our brand and scale as the UK’s leading insurer.

“By bringing our UK businesses closer together under a single and highly experienced leadership team we can serve our customers, partners and our people more effectively and deliver profitable growth.”

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