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UK head office:
St Helens
I Undershaft
tel: 020 7283 2000


Company history:
CGU and Norwich Union merged on

May 30, 2000, to create CGNU – the world's sixth-largest insurer, the UK's largest insurer, the UK's largest insurance group and one of the top five life insurers in Europe, with substantial positions in other markets around the world.

CGNU's principal business activities are long-term savings, general insurance and asset management. It has worldwide premium income and retail investment sales of £26bn and assets under management of more than £200bn.

From October the combined life and pensions, general insurance and retail fund businesses in the UK will operate under the Norwich Union brand, while the institutional business will operate under the Morley Fund Management brand

Chief officer:
Mike Biggs, group chief executive, UK general insurance

With more than 25 years' experience in the financial markets, Mike Biggs joined Norwich Union as its first group financial controller in 1991 after working in various roles for Arthur Andersen (in the UK and Canada), the Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation and the Morgan Grenfell Group.

Within the Norwich Union Group he was appointed general manager (Europe and international) in 1995, group director (international) in 1996 and group finance director in 1997

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Direct arm:
Norwich Union Direct (NUD)

Main classes of business:
motor, commercial motor, homeowner, commercial property, creditor, liability, London market and health

Key general insurance personnel:
Ken Wallace, intermediary business director
Alex Robinson, IT director
Igat Mayer, finance director
Cathryn Riley, operations director
Derek Plummer, corporate partnerships director
Bryan Jenkins, retail business director
Bridget McIntyre, marketing and underwriting director
Simon Machett, claims director
Clive Watson, London markets director
James Duffell, head of public relations