Keith Williams

Keith Williams

Independent Non-Executive Director

Nationality: British

Appointed to the board of Aviva plc on 1 August 2016

Keith has extensive financial experience including a detailed knowledge of business planning, capital projects and project finance.

Prior to his appointment at Aviva, Keith was Executive Chairman of British Airways, having been appointed in January 2014 following three years as Chief Executive Officer. Over a five year period Keith helped transform British Airways into a customer focused organisation that led to an increase in customer numbers by 25%. Whilst at British Airways Keith was responsible for rebuilding the company as part of the International Airlines Group. His experience with technology companies helped British Airways embrace the internet revolution early in its development and allowed the BA app to be regarded as industry leading.

Prior to joining British Airways he worked for a range of major corporations including Reckitt and Colman, Apple Computer Inc and Boots where he worked on mergers and acquisitions and as head of tax.

Keith is currently Non-Executive Deputy Chairman of John Lewis and a Non-Executive Director of Royal Mail plc and Halfords Plc. Keith is also a member of the Audit Committee of the British Museum and an Independent Chair of the UK Transport Department’s Rail Review. He is a qualified Chartered Accountant.

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