American insurer AIG is looking for a new UK head after shaking up its European operations.

It has changed the organisation in the EMEA region from 47 countries to eight zones, which will be headquartered in London.

The change will see Nicolas Aubert move from the post of managing director of the UK and Israel to chief operating officer of EMEA. He will report to EMEA region president Seraina Maag and be responsible for the region’s client service delivery.

He will remain interim managing director of the UK zone for the time being.

AIG declined to comment on the recruitment process and when it expected to announce a permanent appointment.

The UK division of AIG Europe made an underwriting profit of £181m in 2013, compared with an underwriting loss of £32m in 2012.

It is planning to increase its high net worth and MGA business this year.