[LONDON] British insurer Aviva will merge its UK life and general insurance businesses as it focuses on offering products online, it said on Thursday, in an organisational shake-up that also saw the departure of its European chief.
Andy Briggs, head of Aviva's UK life business, will take on general and health insurance to become the chief executive of the UK Insurance business, Aviva said in a statement.
Mr Briggs was formerly chief executive of Friends Life, which Aviva acquired in 2015.
Maurice Tulloch will become CEO of International Insurance, responsible for the firm's operations in France, Canada, Ireland, Spain, Italy, Poland, Turkey and India.
Aviva has been pulling out of some international markets in recent years.