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Group chief executive officer
Born August 1966, New Zealander
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 underperforming 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, which traces its history back to 1696, is a British icon. 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. Under his leadership, Aviva’s market capitalisation has risen from £11bn to £17bn. Aviva is now the largest insurer in the UK and a UK Top 30 Company, operating in 16 countries with 33 million customers and £300 billion of assets under management.
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 that organisation’s sustainable development goals - the only global business leader to have done so.
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.
Professional qualifications and memberships
Mark is a New Zealander and has a Bachelor of Management Studies degree from the University of Waikato.
2016 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 on 5th February 2016.
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.
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.
Mark Wilson reflected on Britishness - and how we should celebrate it as a terrific asset across the world
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.
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.
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.
There is no insurance policy against Brexit
Group CEO Mark Wilson discusses whether or not the UK leaving the EU is worth the risk.
06 May 2016: Watch our Group CEO’s 2016 AGM speech
23 March 2016: Mark Wilson, Group Chief Executive Officer, Aviva plc, speaks at the Cass Business School Dean’s Lecture PDF 0.1 MB)
25 September 2015: Mark Wilson’s address to the United Nations General Assembly plenary session PDF (0.2 MB)
24 July 2015: Paris: A Giant Leap for Humanity PDF (0.16 MB)
26 June 2015: Inclusive Capitalism Conference: Being a Good Ancestor PDF (0.28 MB)
29 April 2015: AGM PDF (0.03MB)
Presentations and interviews
10 Mar 2016 Preliminary results for 12 months ended 31 December 2015
15 Oct 2015 CNBC Squawkbox
- Highlights of Mark Wilson’s guest host appearance on CNBC Squawkbox View
30 Sep 2015 Bank of America Merrill Lynch Conference
- Bank of America Merrill Lynch Conference Presentation 2015 PDF (982.8 KB)
06 Aug 2015 Interim results for 6 months ended 30 June 2015
02 Jun 2015 Deutsche Bank Global Financial Services Conference
- Deutsche Bank Global Financial Services Conference Presentation PDF (264.3 KB)
24 Mar 2015 Morgan Stanley European Financials Conference
- Morgan Stanley European Financials Conference Presentation PDF (328.3 KB)
05 Mar 2015 Preliminary results for 12 months ended 31 December 2014
02 Oct 2014 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 2014 Interim results for 6 months ended 30 June 2014
09 Jul 2014 Aviva plc capital markets day
25 Mar 2014 Morgan Stanley European Financials Conference
- Morgan Stanley European Financials Conference Presentation PDF (558.6 KB)
06 Mar 2014 Preliminary results for 12 months ended 31 December 2013
07 Nov 2013 Interim management statement - 9 months ended 30 September 2013
- Mark Wilson video interview View
25 Sep 2013 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 2013 Interim results for 6 months ended 30 June 2013
07 Mar 2013 Preliminary results - 12 months ended 31 December 2012
23 Nov 2012 Interview post Mark Wilson's appointment as ceo
- Video interview View