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LV= appoints Mark Hartigan as Chief Executive

Savings, investment and protection provider LV= announces that Mark Hartigan has today been appointed chief executive with effect from 01 January 2020 on an initial 12 month contract, subject to regulatory approval.

Mark Hartigan was part of the senior leadership team at Zurich Insurance Group between 2009 and 2019. He held a variety of roles and was most recently head of operations for Zurich EMEA.  Prior to this he was chief administrative officer in Zurich’s General Insurance Business and chief executive officer of both EMEA and Asia Pacific for Zurich Global Life.  Mark has been Chair of a number of Life Company Boards in the UK and overseas.

Before joining Zurich, Mark was deputy chief executive officer of Nexus Group, the largest Insurance broker in the Middle East.  He started his career in the British Army and holds a master’s degree from King's University College of London.

Alan Cook, Chairman, LV= said: “Mark Hartigan is the ideal candidate to lead LV= as we begin life as a standalone life and pensions business.  He brings a wealth of knowledge of the life insurance market and has a strong track record of delivering financial success and business transformation in challenging and fast changing market conditions.

“We are pleased that we have been able to act swiftly in making this appointment and I look forward to working together with Mark to build on the strong platform that LV= has in the savings, retirement and protection market.”

Mark Hartigan said: “LV= is a business I have long admired.  As the company completes the sale of its general insurance business and starts 2020 as a focused life and pensions business it’s an exciting time to join.  I look forward to working with all my new colleagues to build on LV=’s heritage and to serve our members, customers and partners.”

Mark Hartigan career history

Zurich Insurance Group
2016 – 2019 Head of Operations, Europe Middle East & Africa
2015 – 2016 Chief Administrative Officer, General Insurance
2015 Chief Executive Officer, EMEA, Global Life
2013 – 2015 Chief Executive Officer, Asia Pacific & Middle East, Global Life
2011 – 2012 Head of European Optimisation Programme
2009 – 2011 Chief Executive Officer, Head of Zurich International

Nexus Group (largest insurance broker in the Middle East)
2006 – 2009 Deputy Chief Executive Officer

British Army
1984 – 2006 Variety of senior roles

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About LV=:

LV= is a leading financial mutual and serves over 5.8 million customers with a range of financial products. When we started in 1843 our goal was to give financial security to more than just a privileged few and for many decades we were most commonly associated with providing a method of saving to people of modest means. Today we follow a similar purpose, helping people to protect and provide for the things they love, although on a much larger scale and through a wide range of financial services including insurance, investment and retirement products. We offer our services direct to consumers, as well as through IFAs and brokers.

LV= and Liverpool Victoria are trademarks of Liverpool Victoria Friendly Society Limited (LVFS) and trading styles of the LV= Group of Companies. LVFS is authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority. Registered number 110035. Registered address: County Gates, Bournemouth BH1 2NF.