19 Facts About Aviva


Aviva plc is a British multinational insurance company headquartered in London, England.

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Aviva has a focus on the growth markets of China and South East Asia through investments and joint ventures with other firms.

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Aviva has a primary listing on the London Stock Exchange, and is a constituent of the FTSE 100 Index.

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In 2002, Aviva purchased Abeille Vie, a French life insurance company.

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In March 2005, Aviva acquired the RAC plc breakdown recovery operation for around £1.

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In July 2006, Aviva greatly increased its presence in the United States by acquiring AmerUs Group, a Des Moines based financial services company founded in 1896 in a $2.

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In September 2011, Aviva completed the sale of RAC plc breakdown recovery operation for £1.

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In February 2012, Aviva sold its occupational health business to the British support services company Capita.

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In July 2012, Aviva announced plans to sell or close 16 non core businesses in order to simplify its activities and boost shareholder returns.

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In December 2012, Aviva agreed to sell Aviva USA Corporation to Athene Holding for US$1.

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In July 2016, Aviva froze withdrawals from the Aviva Investors Property Trust because of a lack of liquidity after Britain's vote to leave the European Union on 23 June.

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In September 2017, Aviva agreed to sell its Italian joint venture Avipop Assicurazioni to Banco BPM for US$312.

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In March 2018, Aviva, controversially, announced that it "had the ability" to cancel its irredeemable preference shares at par.

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In May, Aviva completed the sale of its Turkish business, followed by businesses in Italy and Poland in December 2021.

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Aviva's successor was Andrew Moss, the former group finance director.

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On 20 November 2012, Aviva announced that Mark Wilson had been appointed CEO, starting 1 January 2013.

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On 12 September 2014, Aviva announced that Sir Adrian Montague would become non executive chairman, on the retirement of John McFarlane at the Aviva AGM in April 2015.

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On 9 October 2018, the Aviva Board announced Mark Wilson was to step down, remaining as part of the company until April 2019 though on garden leave; with Sir Adrian Montague assuming executive responsibilities in the interim whilst a replacement candidate is sought.

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Aviva sponsored rugby union's English Premiership from 2010 to 2018.

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