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Friends Life appoints former Aviva director as UK chief exec

Friends Life has appointed former Aviva director Andy Curran as interim chief executive, with John Van Der Wielen set to be named executive chairman of the provider’s international business, Money Marketing can reveal.

Van Der Wielen, who is currently chief executive of Friends Life’s UK and international divisions, has led negotiations over the £356m sale of the Lombard business to Blackstone. He will now focus on completing the deal and growing the FPI business.

Curran, who was previously Aviva pensions and investments managing director, will replace Van Der Wielen in the role on an interim basis from 1 September. He will report to Friends Life group chief executive Andy Briggs.

A Friends Life spokeswoman says: “Over recent months Friends Life has been working to ensure that the leadership structure of our go to market businesses can meet the post Budget opportunities facing our business.

“As a result of the large business agenda within Friends Provident International, John Van Der Wielen will be appointed executive chairman of Friends Provident International, subject to all the necessary regulatory and board approvals. 

“As a result we have appointed Andy Curran as interim UK CEO. Andy will focus on growing the UK Open business.”

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