Senior protection figures to exit Friends Life

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Senior protection figures are exiting Friends Life as a result of the provider’s merger with Aviva, Money Marketing understands.

Friends Life sales and marketing director for individual protection Mark Anders and head of underwriting for individual protection Chris Pollard are understood to be leaving the business.

Other senior protection staff at Friends are also thought to be moving to other parts of the business.

Aviva has confirmed that Louise Colley will become managing director for protection for the combined individual protection book.

London & Country Mortgages sales director Michael Aldridge says: “It is always difficult to see people who have been in the industry for a number of years leave, but there will hopefully be opportunities for the right people elsewhere.”

A spokesman for Friends Life says: “Integration work is ongoing and it would not be appropriate to speculate at this stage on individual circumstances.”

Aviva bought Friends Life earlier this year and plans to cut staff by up to 1,500 people.

In March Aviva announced that David Barral, chief executive of its UK and Ireland Life business, is to leave the insurer. Friends Life chief executive Andy Briggs has been named chief executive of the enlarged business.