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80 Aviva staff at Dublin base told to reapply for jobs

AVIVA'S Dublin base has lost at least three more senior executives, while as many as 80 other staff have been told to reapply for their jobs, the Irish Independent has learned.

The news comes amid a period of unprecedented turmoil as the Dublin base copes with the loss of its European headquarters status and a major management overhaul.

Andrea Moneta, the architect of the European HQ, quit Aviva in January.

Less than a week later, Stuart Purdy, former boss of Aviva Ireland and latterly a senior executive in Aviva Europe, announced his resignation.

Jim Dowdall, who joined Aviva with the acquisition of Vivas healthcare, has also left in recent months, as has chairman David Simpson.

The Irish Independent has also learned that former Aer Lingus HR boss Liz White, who became Aviva Ireland's director of people and leadership less than two years ago, is leaving Dublin for a role in Aviva UK.

Michael Murphy, a one-time managing director of Aviva Ireland's general insurance business, has also departed the Dublin base in recent weeks, as has a senior market executive.

Further staff changes are expected over the coming months, with sources saying about 80 staff at Aviva's Dublin base have been asked to reapply for less than 20 jobs.


The cuts, which are expected to come from both Aviva Ireland and Aviva Europe, come amid a restructuring of the overall Dublin-base business.

A company spokeswoman said: "Aviva Ireland continually reviews its business to identify measures to ensure our sustainability and profitability. We have nothing further to add regarding any future decisions for our business."

A spokesman for trade union Unite, which represents Aviva workers, was unavailable for comment.

Irish Independent