Sarah Ward appointed Group HR Director at Aviva plc

LONDON, 24-4-2015 — /EuropaWire/ — Aviva plc (“Aviva”) announces the appointment of Sarah Ward as Group HR Director reporting to Mark Wilson, Aviva’s Group Chief Executive Officer. Sarah will be replacing Aviva’s current Group HR Director, Christine Deputy, who has decided to return to the US for family reasons.

Sarah was previously Global Head of HR for a division at Thomson Reuters Corporation.

Sarah will be joining the group in August 2015. She will be responsible for the continuation of Aviva’s HR strategic plan and the leadership of the HR and Communications teams at Aviva.

Mark Wilson, Group Chief Executive Officer, said:

“Whilst I am sad to see Christine leaving Aviva, I am very supportive of her decision and she leaves with my thanks and best wishes. Christine has been a critical part of our cultural and business transformation over the past two and a half years. She has been a key partner and adviser to me as we have established a world class senior leadership team. I would also like to thank her for the notice she has given Aviva as it has allowed us time to appoint a successor and have a seamless transition.

“Sarah is an exceptional HR professional who has worked across a variety of industries, countries and cultures. She combines great operational and strategic HR skills which will be an asset to Aviva during the next phase of our strategic transformation.”

Christine Deputy said: “I have truly enjoyed my time at Aviva and will miss Mark, the leadership team and all of the employees. This is a special company with an incredible future ahead. The commitment to the values and strategy is strong from the most senior leaders through to the front line. I am confident in the future of the business and cultural transformation and I will continue to support the group however possible. Sarah will be a great addition to the leadership team.”

Sarah Ward said: “I am excited to be joining Aviva at such an important time. Under Christine’s leadership the Human Resources and Communications functions have played a major role enabling the strategy of the business through people. I am looking forward to working with the teams, as we continue to deliver on the People Thesis and enable a culture which supports our employees to deliver for our customers around the world.”

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