Robert Lough (photo) will join the European executive committee reporting to Andrea Moneta, chief executive, Aviva EMEA. He will be responsible for leading the corporate strategy, business development and M&A teams of Aviva’s European businesses, comprising franchises in the region, including the growth markets of Poland, Turkey and Russia.

“Aviva has a leading franchise in Europe, supported by a powerful brand, excellent credit ratings and a disciplined use of capital. I am looking forward to working with the team, contributing to the strengthening of our strategic relationships, and delivering on the market opportunities in the region,” said Lough.

Robert Lough has more than 20 years’ experience in investment banking as investment banking as an advisor in the financial services sector, in international equity capital markets and corporate restructuring. Prior to joining Aviva, he served as chief financial officer and head of strategy of Pioneer Global Asset Management the fund management arm of UniCredit Group.