Global financial and insurance services company Aviva has recruited Veronique Arnoldi from EDS to be chief technology officer of its Aviva Investors division.

As CTO Arnoldi will report to the chief executive of Aviva Investors Alain Dromer and will be a member of the group’s executive committee. Aviva describe Arnoldi’s role as being “the architect of IT processes and systems”, she will be responsible for the IT strategy, improving the client experience, channel management and process design.

“Her experience working within global organisations and across regions will be a significant asset as we push ahead with our plans for Aviva Investors,” Dromer said.

Aviva Investors is a new single brand for all Aviva investment products in 15 countries, including Canada, France, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland and Romania. The combined group will employ 1300 people.

Arnoldi leaves EDS to join Aviva. Her 15 year career includes stints with insurance services rivals Prudential, as well as British business stalwarts Centrica and Mars. Before joining EDS Arnoldi was CIO of the British Gas residential business and has worked for Novar, an energy company.

Aviva has been pursuing a rigorous cost savings programme dubbed One Aviva that earlier this year had its savings target increased from £350 million to £500m. IT has been central to One Aviva, with the rationalisation and move to single intranet amongst the projects underway. Andrew Moss, group chief executive at Aviva said One Aviva has been a success. In the UK, the Norwich Union Aviva brand has decommissioned legacy IT systems.

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