Greg Somerville to step down as president and CEO of Aviva Canada

Aviva UK CEO Colm Holmes will succeed Somerville

Greg Somerville will step down as president and CEO of Aviva Canada and become a non-executive director of the company, effective March 1.

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“After more than twenty-five years in Aviva, the right time has come to step back from the day to day running of Aviva Canada,” Somerville said in a news release. “My focus—the priority of all of us in Aviva Canada—remains on supporting our customers, brokers and our distribution partners. Business continues as usual.”

Somerville has served as president and CEO of the company—which insures 3 million Canadians and writes $5 billion in premiums annually—for the last four years. He will be succeeded by Colm Holmes, who currently serves as CEO of Aviva UK General Insurance and chairman of Aviva’s global corporate and specialty division.

“I’m excited to join Aviva’s team in Canada. It is a huge honour and responsibility,” Holmes said. “I want to thank Greg for passing on a growing business and I look forward to getting to know our people, brokers and distribution partners better than I do already and continuing the excellent work already underway.”

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