Mark Wilson has been Chief Executive of Aviva, the UK’s largest insurance group, since January 2013.
Aviva, which has a 300-year history, has 34 million customers and over £300 billion of funds under management. As well as its leading position in the UK, it operates in 17 countries across the world.
A New Zealander, Mark arrived at Aviva with over 25 years’ global experience of the insurance industry and a track record of turning around businesses and delivering shareholder value. Mark was chief executive officer and president of AIA Group, based in Hong Kong. He repositioned AIA into the leading pan-Asian insurance company, improved its market valuation and successfully navigated the company through the global financial crisis and prepared it for IPO. The company emerged as a stronger and significantly more valuable independent entity, leading to the largest IPO in corporate history.
Since he arrived at Aviva, Mark has set out a comprehensive strategy to turn around Aviva’s performance. He has set out an investment thesis of cashflow and growth, focusing the business on clear, simple financial metrics. In his first year, Mark has strengthened the senior management team and is leading a programme to reinvigorate Aviva’s culture, emphasising high performance and a relentless focus on serving Aviva’s customers even better.