One of the most respected names in the insurance industry has been given a significant task from the government.
Andy Briggs, chief executive of Aviva UK and Ireland Life will take the role of business champion for older workers according to an FT Adviser
As part of his role, Briggs will be tasked with encouraging other chief executives to recruit older workers and outlining the advantages they can bring to a company.
Speaking at the Conservative Party Conference, Damian Green, work and pensions secretary, commented that society needs “the talents and experiences of older workers.”
“We need to be clear about what is happening,” he said. “We are not just living longer, we are able to work and earn and contribute for longer.
“These days, simply, we are younger for longer.
“This generation of over 50s can combine the wisdom of experience with the fitness of youth.”
Briggs joined Aviva back in April 2015 and led the company following the acquisition of Friends Life Group Limited where he previously worked as group chief executive. In addition, he has worked as the chief executive of Scottish Widows and the chief executive of the life business at Lloyd’s Banking Group among other positions.
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