Aviva has announced the appointment of Jan-Hendrik Erasmus as its chief risk officer.

Erasmus will start in February 2020 and also be a member of the Aviva Leadership Team.

He joins Aviva from NN Group where he also held the role of chief risk officer, for three years in that case. In addition, he was a member of NN Group’s management board.

Erasmus holds a number of years of experience in the financial services industry, working across insurance, risk, technology, and investment management. He held the roles at firms such as Oliver Wyman and Prudential.

Maurice Tulloch, CEO at Aviva, said: “Jan-Hendrik’s extensive experience will help strengthen Aviva’s risk management framework and risk culture. I’m looking forward to Jan-Hendrik joining the team.”

The appointment is subject to regulatory approval.

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This isn’t the only pivotal people move the British life insurer has made this year. In September, Aviva named Erica Arnold as its new COO. She will join the company early next year.

In her new role, Arnold will report to Tulloch. She will also join the Aviva Leadership Team.

She will oversee the operations, customer strategy and IT operations across the group.

Prior to accepting the new role, Arnold worked as chief group enterprise services officer of insurer Zurich Insurance.

Before that, she worked with AIG for more than six years and held various management positions.

It also promoted Nick Amin from group chief operations and IT officer to support the strategic review work in Asia.

However, arms of the business may also be moving.

Allianz, Japanese insurers Nippon Life, and MS&AD Insurance are competing with other rivals to acquire Aviva’s Singapore and Vietnam businesses.

Canada-based Sun Life Financial as well as Manulife Financial are also in the fray. These firms are vying with nearly half a dozen bidders competing for the businesses; Reuters reported quoting sources familiar with the development.