Aviva UK confirms new GI distribution & SME managing director in hope of accelerating ambitions

Insurance giant Aviva has today announced that David Martin will replace Gareth Hemming as managing director of UK GI distribution & SME.

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Protection Reporter
14th October 2022
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"[David Martin] has worked in a variety of leadership roles spanning distribution and underwriting across the SME, personal lines, and high net worth markets. "
- Aviva

According to Insurance Age, David Martin resigned from his position as head of retail at Zurich UK earlier this week, seemingly in preparation to succeed Hemming at Aviva. He had been with Zurich since April 2019, having moved from Allianz where he’d spent 18 years.

Replacing Gareth Hemming, who has held numerous senior roles at Aviva, including MD of SME, MD of personal lines, and chief distribution officer, Martin will start work at the company in “early 2023,” subject to regulatory approval, reports Insurance Age.

Last month Hemming told Insurance Age that Aviva would be opening up HNW distribution to regional brokers in 2023 along with delivering more regional underwriters for brokers and investing in digital capabilities.

Hemming is set to exit at the end of the year. According to the provider he has “decided to pursue new opportunities outside of Aviva.”

Commenting on Hemming’s departure, Aviva has said:

“[Gareth Hemming] has been instrumental in the delivery of our growth, digital and automation agenda. We would like to thank Gareth for his dedication and commitment shown during his notable 33-year career.”

Welcoming David Martin, Aviva added:  

“He brings with him over 30 years experience, including extensive digital trading knowledge across insurance and broker markets which will support Aviva’s acceleration of its ambitions.”

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