Aviva USA, part of Aviva plc, the world's fifth-largest insurance group, recently announced the appointment of John Currier, Jr. as chief actuary and the promotion of Rhonda Elming to SVP, product management.

Currier joined the company in 2005 as SVP, annuity product development. He’s led Aviva USA’s Product Management group as chief product officer since 2008. In his new role, Currier will focus primarily on building and strengthening actuarial capabilities throughout the U.S. business. He will lead actuarial policy, management and reporting, while continuing to have oversight for product management activities.

With more than 20 years of business experience in the insurance industry, Currier will utilize his broad actuarial background and strong leadership skills to guide this area.

Prior to joining Aviva USA, Currier served in a variety of product development and management positions with ING US Financial Services (West Chester, Penn.) and Conseco (Carmel, Ind.) He began his insurance career as a consulting actuary.

As a result of Currier’s appointment, Elming has been named SVP, product management. She has been a part of the Product Management group since 2002. Elming has played a key role in developing innovative products for Aviva USA. Prior to her promotion, Elming served as Aviva USA’s SVP – life product management. She was responsible for Aviva’s life insurance product line. Elming’s new responsibilities span all of Aviva USA’s product lines including life, annuity and managed account - Guaranteed Investment Contracts (GIC).

Previously in her career, Elming was vice president of product management at ING where she led the fixed annuity product development function. Elming also served in a variety of actuarial roles at Allstate Life from 1987 to 1996.

According to Aviva USA President and CEO Chris Littlefield, these appointments demonstrate the strong bench strength at Aviva and the company’s recognition of its talented employees.

“John and Rhonda have been key players in our success and we’re extremely fortunate to have them as leaders in our organization. I know both of them will continue to play critical roles in helping us deliver compelling propositions to our distribution partners, producers and customers and in achieving our growth ambitions for the future,” he said.

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