Aviva global general insurance chair’s term comes to end on ABI council

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The ABI has named AXA UK chief executive Amanda Blanc as the new chair of its General Insurance Council (GIC).

Blanc will replace Aviva global general insurance chairman Maurice Tulloch, who has come to the end of his two-year term as the council’s chair.

The GIC sets the ABI’s strategic direction for issues of interest to the general insurance market.

Blanc said: “It’s an honour to have been asked to chair the GIC and have the opportunity build on the great progress that has been made under Maurice’s chairmanship.

“The ABI’s vital role as the voice of the industry is more important than ever. We are in the midst of a period of extreme change and uncertainty coupled with huge cultural shifts and increased consumer expectation.”

She added: “Taking on the role of a defensive protest group in the face of this change is not an option and I look forward to working with the GIC to ensure that we are unified and progressive as we work to represent the best interests of the industry but also those of our customers.”

Tulloch said: “It has been a privilege to chair the GIC through many complex issues over the last two years, from developing and launching Flood Re to the recent government proposals on tackling the cost of whiplash claims.

“There have been challenges but throughout I believe the GIC has always focused on making the right decisions for our industry and its customers.”

He added: “Amanda Blanc’s extensive industry experience and expertise will be a real asset in ensuring customers emerge as the clear winner of an insurance market undergoing significant change. Issues around Big Data, autonomous driving, improving consumer trust and, of course, Brexit will set the future shape of our industry, and I wish Amanda and the GIC every success.”