Doug Brown

CEO of UK & Ireland Life

Doug joined Aviva in April 2021 as CEO of UK & Ireland Life. He is a member of the Group Executive Committee reporting to Aviva Group CEO, Amanda Blanc.

In his first year Doug has refreshed the strategy to deliver on the vision of becoming the go-to partner for the UK and Ireland’s financial wellbeing needs. He has restructured the business to allow the trading units of Protection, Health, Wealth and Retirement Solutions to capitalise on their strong market positions. They aim to focus on growth and delivering excellent customer experience, while improving efficiency and contributing to the Group’s ambitions for sustainability.

Doug is the executive sponsor for the Aviva Balance community to support gender parity within the organisation. He also champions the Women’s Sponsorship Programme to accelerate the pipeline of women into senior leadership roles.

Career highlights

Before joining Aviva, Doug led Canada Life’s UK business as CEO for six years. Before this he was Canada Life’s UK Chief Operating Officer. 

Doug has held a number of other senior roles including Chief Operating Officer of Alico UK (subsidiary of AIG), Chief Executive Officer of Alico UK, Regional President of Alico (UK and Ireland), Head of Global, Bancassurance of Alico and Chief Risk Officer for Aviva Europe. He led AIG’s Employee Benefits Divisions in both the UK and Canada.

Qualifications and responsibilities

Doug qualified as a Fellow of the Canadian Institute of Actuaries and Fellow of the Society of Actuaries in 1997. He is a member of the board for ABI.