People: Aviva PLC (AV.L)
Mr. Mark Andrew Wilson is Group Chief Executive Officer, Executive Director of Aviva PLC. He has been appointed as Chief Executive Officer of the Company effective January 1, 2013 and as a Director of the Company effective December 1, 2012. Most recently Mark was Chief Executive Officer and President of AIA Group. Mark navigated AIA through the global financial crisis and prepared it for IPO with the company emerging as a stronger and significantly more independent entity. He led the transformation strategy, Fast Forward, which rebranded all companies to AIA, broadened AIA's distribution to a multi-channel model, and delivered a new customer centric approach to service, across both life and general insurance. Non-performing or capital intensive businesses were turned round or disposed of. The product portfolio was re-priced, solvency ratios improved and expenses substantially reduced to be redirected into transformational growth initiatives. He also led the transformation of AIA's culture by removing silos and embedding a consistent set of values and approach across the company. Prior to AIA, Mark was CEO of AXA China Region Limited, AXA's Hong Kong business, between 2003 and 2006 with a brief to invigorate a mature business with a flagging market position. Prior to that from 2001 to 2003, Mark was CEO of AXA Asia Pacific Holdings Limited, AXA's South East Asian business, AXA's presence in five countries. For the first twelve years of his career, between 1987 and 1999, Mark held a number of roles at National Mutual in New Zealand and Australia, where he progressed through many of the business functions, gaining a deep and broad knowledge of the businesses in these mature markets. A New Zealander, Mark has a Bachelor of Management Studies from the University of Waikato.
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