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Mark Wilson

Group Chief Executive Officer

Born August 1966, New Zealander

Mark Wilson, who stepped down as CEO of Aviva plc on 9 October 2018 - read announcement

On 9 October 2018 Aviva plc announced that Mark Wilson is stepping down as Chief Executive Officer of the Group.  Mark will remain with the Group until April 2019 and will assist with the orderly transition.

Read the full announcement.

Mark Wilson was born in Rotorua, New Zealand in 1966 and attended the University of Waikato on an economics scholarship.

In an eventful career Mark has rescued a number of under-performing global companies. Starting out in New Zealand, he spent the next 14 years in Asia, culminating in a role as CEO of Asian insurance giant, AIA in 2009. 

With the collapse of AIA's US parent, AIG, Mark navigated AIA through the global financial crisis and is credited with keeping the company afloat. As CEO, Mark restructured AIA to become a leading pan Asian company and a household name and led it to what was one of the largest IPOs in corporate history. 

Mark joined Aviva as Group Chief Executive Officer at the start of 2013. The company traces its history back to 1696. Under his leadership Aviva has refocused and rebuilt its financial strength. He led Aviva's £6 billion acquisition of Friends Life Group in 2015, the largest deal in the UK insurance sector for 15 years.

Aviva’s market capitalisation has risen from £11 billion to over £20 billion.  It is now the largest insurer in the UK and a UK Top 30 Company, with 33 million customers and £490 billion of assets under management (as at 31 December 2017). The company is at the forefront of the digital revolution in insurance and was named UK Business of the Year 2017 by the London Evening Standard newspaper.

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Mark is a champion for sustainable business and is a key commentator on the role of business in society, especially on how companies must become what he calls “good ancestors” by creating sustainable, long-term legacies.

In September 2015, he spoke at the UN General Assembly in New York during the launch of  the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and in 2017 returned to New York to help launch a consultation for the World Benchmarking Alliance. This aims to rank companies into league tables according to their performance towards the SDGs.  

Mark is Chairman of the Geneva Association, the leading international think-tank of the insurance industry. He was a member of the Business and Sustainable Development Commission and sits on the Advisory Board of the EAT Foundation (which advocates for a sustainable global food system). He is a member of the Development Board of the Royal Foundation for The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and The Duke and Duchess of Sussex and is a Non-Executive Director of Blackrock.

He was named in the Sunday Times 2016 list of Britain’s most influential people and was awarded UK New Zealander of the Year in 2016.  In January 2017 Mark was listed in Debrett’s 500 List as one of the most influential people in finance.

You can download a photograph of Mark from Flickr.

Mark Wilson videos

Articles

  • UK life insurers can help boost infrastructure
    Group CEO Mark Wilson: More government encouragement is needed for private sector investment (published in the Financial Times, 21 November 2016).
  • A good ancestor: Firms needs to take a long, hard look at legacy
    In light of the launch of the Sustainable Development Goals and his address to the 70th UN General assembly, Group CEO Mark Wilson discusses the importance of being a good ancestor and creating a legacy we can all be proud of. (published in City AM, 25 September 2015).
  • Tackling the UK’s savings gap
    Group CEO Mark Wilson calls for widespread changes to products, guidance and tax, to encourage a pro-saving environment (published in the Daily Mail, 27 April 2014).
  • Reforming the UK motor insurance market 
    Group CEO Mark Wilson sets out Aviva’s campaign to clamp down on the unnecessary costs in the UK motor insurance market (published in the Daily Telegraph, 27 September 2014).
  • Finally, a win for the good guys: no more cash for whiplash claims
    In the 2015 Autumn Statement the Chancellor announced that the government has committed to putting an end to fraudulent whiplash claims.  Group CEO Mark Wilson writes about Aviva’s stance on fraud and how these changes will benefit honest motor customers’ premiums (published in The Times, 2 December 2015).
  • Greater flood resilience
    Greater investment in flood defences and only building where we can protect are amongst the reforms called for by Mark Wilson, Group CEO. (published in the Daily Telegraph, 15 February 2014).
  • Stop bashing business
    Mark Wilson asks when did beating up business become the national sport?  (published in the Daily Mail, 9 July 2017).
  • Britishness
    Mark Wilson reflected on Britishness  - and how we should celebrate it as a terrific asset across the world (published in the Daily Mail, 27 July 2015).
  • Time for Brealism
    In the run up to Article 50 being triggered, Aviva's Mark Wilson reflects on the opportunities that Brexit may offer (published in the London Evening Standard, 2 March 2017).
  • There is no insurance policy against Brexit
    Group CEO Mark Wilson discusses whether or not the UK leaving the EU is worth the risk (published in the London Evening Standard, 30 March 2016).

Awards and speeches

2018

12 Jun
Mark Wilson’s speech at EAT Stockholm Food SummitPut Your Money Where Your Mouth Is’.

10 May
Mark Wilson’s 2018 AGM speech.

1 Feb 
Mark Wilson’s Distinguished Speaker Seminar ‘Leading for Legacy’, Said Business School, University of Oxford. 

2017

2 Nov
Women’s Business Council:  Mark Wilson awarded the ‘Men as Change Agents’ award recognising his work championing sustainable business and being a strong advocate for women in the workplace.

 30 Jun
Evening Standard Awards: Mark Wilson collected the Evening Standard’s Business of the Year award for his textbook turnaround of Aviva.

10 May
Mark Wilson's 2017 AGM speech

2016

14 Nov 
UN Forum on Business and Human Rights, Geneva PDF (0.2MB)

09 Nov
Mark Wilson's speech at Lisbon Web Summit - Hobbits and Havoc PDF (0.2MB)

11 Oct
Mark Wilson’s speech at a United Nations event in New York on financial solutions to deliver the Sustainable Development Goals PDF (0.2 MB)

06 May
Mark Wilson's 2016 AGM speech video

23 Mar
Mark Wilson, Group Chief Executive Officer, Aviva plc, speaks at the Cass Business School Dean’s Lecture PDF (0.1 MB)

5 Feb
UK New Zealander of the Year : Mark Wilson Group CEO announced as the winner of the 2016 UK New Zealander of the Year Award at The New Zealand Society’s Waitangi Day Charity Ball.

2015

25 Sep
Mark Wilson’s address to the United Nations General Assembly plenary session PDF (0.2 MB)

24 Jul
Paris: A Giant Leap for Humanity PDF (0.16 MB)

26 Jun
Inclusive Capitalism Conference: Being a Good Ancestor PDF (0.28 MB)

29 Apr
Mark Wilson speech at 2016 AGM PDF (0.03MB)

Presentations and interviews

2017

28 Sep - Bank of America Merrill Lynch conference
Bank of America Merrill Lynch conference 2017 PDF (1.3 MB)

03 Aug - Interim results for 6 months ended 30 June 2017
Mark Wilson video

2016

06 Nov - Aviva Group CEO Mark Wilson talks to the Financial Times
Mark Wilson talks to the FT video

04 Aug - Interim results for 6 months ended 30 June 2016
Mark Wilson video 

10 Mar - Preliminary results for 12 months ended 31 December 2015
Mark Wilson video 
Results slides PDF (401.1 KB)
Webcast

2015

30 Sep - Bank of America Merrill Lynch Conference
Bank of America Merrill Lynch Conference Presentation 2015 PDF (982.8 KB)

06 Aug - Interim results for 6 months ended 30 June 2015
Mark Wilson video
Results slides PDF (2.4MB)
Webcast

02 Jun - Deutsche Bank Global Financial Services Conference
Deutsche Bank Global Financial Services Conference Presentation PDF (264.3 KB)

24 Mar - Morgan Stanley European Financials Conference
Morgan Stanley European Financials Conference Presentation PDF (328.3 KB)

05 Mar - Preliminary results for 12 months ended 31 December 2014
Mark Wilson video
Results slides PDF (1.9 MB)
Webcast

2014

02 Oct - 19th Annual Banking & Insurance CEO Conference, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Bank of America Merrill Lynch Conference Presentation 2014 PDF (1.1 MB)

07 Aug - Interim results for 6 months ended 30 June 2014
Mark Wilson video
Result slides PDF (324.0 KB)
Webcast

09 Jul - Aviva plc Capital Markets Day
Presentation slides PDF (4.8 MB)
Webcast

25 Mar - Morgan Stanley European Financials Conference
Morgan Stanley European Financials Conference Presentation PDF (558.6 KB)

06 Mar - Preliminary results for 12 months ended 31 December 2013
Mark Wilson video interview 
Results slides PDF (999.6 KB)
Webcast

2013

07 Nov - Interim management statement - 9 months ended 30 September 2013
Mark Wilson video

25 Sep - 18th Annual Banking & Insurance DEC Conference, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Bank of America Merrill Lynch Conference Presentation 2013 PDF (300.5 KB)

08 Aug - Interim results for 6 months ended 30 June 2013
Mark Wilson video  
Results slides PDF (626.3 KB)
Webcast

07 Mar - Preliminary results - 12 months ended 31 December 2012
Mark Wilson video  
Results slides PDF (480.5 KB)
Webcast

2012

23 Nov - Interview: Mark Wilson's appointment as Group CEO
Video interview