He has also worked in various roles at Aviva 

Direct Line has appointed a new chief operating officer – Tim Harris, he will also join the board as executive director as of 1 October.

Harris said: “Direct Line Group is a business admired for putting the customer first and for its passion for diversity and innovation. I am excited to be joining its excellent management team as the Group leverages the strength of its market position to take advantage of future opportunities.”

It follows Direct Line appointing a new chief executive last February. 

He was previously deputy chief executive and group finance director of the life insurer – Royal London Group until 12 July 2019. Originally, he joined Royal London as its group finance director back in May 2014 and was additionally appointed as deputy chief executive in January 2018.

Penny James, chief executive, Direct Line Group, said: “Tim is a great fit with Direct Line Group’s culture and will contribute a wealth of experience. I am delighted that he is joining Direct Line Group and am very much looking forward to working with him.”

Prior to this Harris was group chief financial officer at Torus Insurance – a property, casualty and speciality insurer. As well as being deputy group chief financial officer and chief capital officer at Aviva. He was also a partner in the global capital markets practice at PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Mike Biggs, chairman welcomed Harris to the board, he said that it will “benefit from his many years of experience as a leading finance director in the insurance industry”.

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