Aviva USA Announces Organizational Changes
Heitz retires; Miller to lead sales and distribution.
Virtual Water Cooler, June 26, 2011
After 35 years in the life insurance and annuity industry, Mark Heitz has retired as president of sales and distribution for Aviva USA, part of Aviva Plc. Michael Miller has been named as Aviva USA’s sales and distribution leader.
Aviva USA says Heitz served the company and its predecessors in several executive leadership roles since joining AmVestors Financial Corp. in 1986. When AmerUs Group acquired the company in 1997, Heitz became president and CEO of the annuity division and held that position until 2007. He assumed his current position after the acquisition of AmerUs by Aviva Plc.
Miller assumes his duties as executive VP of sales and distribution immediately, with Heitz continuing in an advisory capacity during the next six months to assure a seamless transition. Miller will oversee the delivery of the company’s life insurance and annuity products, closely working with the key distribution partners and agents who sell Aviva products in all 50 states
Richard Cohan, associate general counsel, will replace Miller as executive VP and general counsel. Both Miller and Cohan will report directly to Chris Littlefield, Aviva USA president and CEO.