Aviva appoints Tom Stoddard as Chief Financial Officer


WEBWIRE – Friday, February 28, 2014

Aviva plc (“Aviva” or the “Company”) today announces that Tom Stoddard will join the Board of Aviva and become Chief Financial Officer (“CFO”) with effect from 5 May 2014.  He will replace Pat Regan who, as announced on 23 January 2014, is leaving Aviva.

Tom is currently Senior Managing Director, Head of Global Financial Institutions Advisory at Blackstone, the global investment and advisory firm.  Since the start of 2013, he has been a principal corporate adviser to Aviva in which time he has gathered an in-depth knowledge of the business. 

Over the last 20 years, Tom has held a variety of senior financial advisory positions, specialising in insurance and financial services.  He has a strong track record and reputation for restructurings, capital advisory and financial strategy. 

Tom’s appointment has been approved by the regulators.

Mark Wilson, Group Chief Executive Officer of Aviva, said:  “Tom is a high calibre individual and an exceptional addition to our management team.  He brings outstanding financial acumen, deep sector expertise, and impeccable commercial and market insight to Aviva.  Tom will provide sound judgement and strong challenge – qualities I value highly. 

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank Pat Regan for his many contributions to Aviva over the last four years and to wish him well in his future career in Australia.”

Tom Stoddard commented: “I am thrilled to be joining Aviva at this early stage of its transformation.  I admire the progress that Aviva is making and I welcome the opportunity to help take the company to the next level.”

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Compensation arrangements

Mr. Stoddard will receive a basic annual salary of £675,000. He will receive a standard Executive Director bonus opportunity of up to a maximum of 150% of basic salary annually.  Any bonus for 2014 will be pro-rated for service.  The bonus has strong performance targets and Mr. Stoddard will be required to defer two thirds of any award made into Aviva stock for three years.

Mr. Stoddard will be granted a standard Executive Director award under Aviva’s Long Term Incentive Plan (LTIP) of 225% of basic salary in 2014. Awards granted under the LTIP vest after three years only if specific return on equity and shareholder return targets are met.

Mr. Stoddard will be required to build a shareholding in Aviva to the value of 150% of his basic salary and to retain 50% of the net share releases from his deferred bonus and LTIP awards until this requirement is met.

Mr. Stoddard will receive a partial buyout of deferred compensation at his previous employer of up to a maximum of £1 million.  The buyout will be on a strict “like for like” basis.  In addition Mr. Stoddard will receive the standard Aviva executive benefits package and assistance with relocation, details of which will be disclosed in the normal way.

Biographical information on Tom Stoddard

As a corporate finance professional at Blackstone, Tom was a leading member of the team which advised AIG after its rescue on dozens of divestitures and other transactions, including the US$25 billion of debt-for-equity exchanges with the Federal Reserve Bank of New York in 2009, as well as related decisions in 2010 to pursue the IPO of AIA (raising over US$20 billion) and the sale of Alico (to MetLife for US$16 million).  During that time he worked closely with US Federal regulators. 

More recently Tom advised Bank of America on the sale of US$5 billion of preferred stock to Berkshire Hathaway; he advised IBRC (formerly Anglo Irish Bank) on potential strategies to accelerate its wind down; he advised NYSE Euronext on its US$13 billion sale to ICE; and he advised WMI (formerly the Washington Mutual holding company) on its strategic financing partnership with KKR.

2008 – present       Blackstone, Senior Managing Director, Head of Global Financial Institutions Group

2005 – 2008           Barrett Ellman Stoddard, Partner and co-founder of private equity investment advisory firm

1998 – 2005           Credit Suisse and DLJ, Managing Director and Head of Global Insurance Group

1995 – 1998           UBS, Director, Financial Institutions Group

1994 – 1995           Lehman Brothers, Associate Investment banker in Financial Institutions Group

1992 – 1994           Cravath, Swaine & Moore, Associate, Corporate and Securities lawyer

1987 – 1989           PNC Bank, Account Officer and Senior Credit Analyst

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