Aviva CEO receives damehood in the New Year's Honours list

She was recognised for her services to business, gender equality, and net zero

Aviva CEO receives damehood in the New Year's Honours list

Diversity & Inclusion

By Abigail Adriatico

Amanda Blanc, the chief executive of Aviva, has been awarded with a damehood in the New Year’s Honours list.

Blanc was given the honour for services to business, gender equality and net zero as she has been one of the most vocal supporters for more diverse boardrooms, following her three decades worth of experience in the insurance sector dominated by men.

Who is Amanda Blanc?

Prior to her current role, Blanc’s experience in the insurance sector spans multiple firms such as Commercial Union, EY, AXA, Groupama, Towergate Insurance, Zurich Insurance Company, Trōv, WRU, and bp.

As Aviva’s CEO since July 2020, Blanc has been dedicated to boosting the firm’s flagging fortunes while enduring misogyny within the line of work. She was the first FTSE 100 executive who quit corporate membership of the CBI when a sexual assault scandal came up in early 2023, which caused a ripple effect leading to other resignations and major reforms.

Blanc also recently stated that she personally oversaw shortlists for vacant senior positions so that she may stop the roles from being filled entirely by white men.

The New Year’s Honours List awards Honours based on merit or the exceptional achievement or service of an individual, spanning various subject areas, and is released twice a year.


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