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Aviva overhauls UK business, to cut 1,800 jobs

Aviva overhauls UK business, to cut 1,800 jobs
FILE PHOTO: The Aviva logo sits outside the company head office in the city of London, Britain March 7, 2019. REUTERS/Simon Dawson/ -
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By Carolyn Cohn

LONDON (Reuters) – British insurer Aviva will change the structure of its UK business and cut costs across the firm, with the loss of 1,800 jobs, it said on Thursday.

Aviva said it would make cost cuts of 300 million pounds over three years, in a statement ahead of its first investor day under new Chief Executive Maurice Tulloch.

The cost base in 2018 was four billion pounds, an Aviva spokeswoman said.

Following the departure of Andy Briggs, head of the life and general insurer’s UK business and a contender for the top job, Aviva said it would review its UK life and general insurance businesses.

Its UK digital business, housed in a former garage in the City’s tech district, will be incorporated into the general insurance business, Aviva said.

Angela Darlington has been appointed interim Chief Executive Officer of UK life and Colm Holmes CEO of general insurance across the group, including Britain.

“Today is the first step in our plan to make Aviva simpler, more competitive and more commercial,” Tulloch said in the statement. “Reducing Aviva’s costs is essential.”

Aviva employs 30,000 people and its international markets include Canada, France, Ireland and Asia.

Aviva said trading to date had been in line with 2018 and reiterated its commitment to a progressive dividend policy.

(Reporting by Carolyn Cohn; editing by Simon Jessop)

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