Aviva share price: Group appoints finance chief

Aviva share price: Group appoints finance chief

Aviva (LON:AV) has appointed Jason Windsor as its new finance chief, the blue-chip insurer has said. Windsor has been the group’s interim CFO after Tom Stoddard stepped down from the top finance job at the end of June.

Aviva’s share price has joined the broader market rally this Thursday, having gained 1.70 percent to 394.10p as of 14:29 BST. The shares are marginally outperforming the UK benchmark FTSE 100 index which currently stands 1.05 percent higher at 7,366.44 points.

Aviva appoints CFO

Aviva announced in a statement today that it had appointed Jason Windsor as CFO and executive director of the company with effect from today. He became interim chief financial officer on July 1, and was previously CFO of Aviva UK Insurance. Windsor joined the blue-chip company back in 2010.

“Jason is exceptionally well qualified to be our CFO. He has a proven track record as CFO of our UK business and a deep understanding of Aviva and the markets we operate in. Jason is a very strong addition to the Board and will bring a strong analytical and commercial perspective,” Aviva’s chief executive officer Maurice Tulloch commented in the statement.

Today’s update comes after Aviva moved to beef up its board yesterday, appointing  George Culmer as an Independent Non-Executive Director. Culmer, whose previous roles include chief financial officer at bailed-out lender Lloyds Banking Group (LON:LLOY), as well as CFO of RSA Insurance (LON:RSA), will also join the board’s Audit, Risk and Nomination Committees.

Analyst ratings update

JPMorgan Chase & Co, which is ‘overweight’ on the blue-chip insurer, boosted its target on the Aviva share price from 484p to 498p this month. According to MarketBeat, the FTSE 100 company currently has a consensus ‘buy’ rating and an average valuation of 499.82p.

Aviva is scheduled to hold a Capital Markets Day on November 20.

By Tsveta van Son
Tsveta van Son is part of Invezz’s journalist team. She has a BA degree in European Studies and a MA degree in Nordic Studies from Sofia University and has also attended the University of Iceland. While she covers a variety of investment news, she is particularly interested in developments in the field of renewable energy.
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