DES MOINES, Iowa – Aviva USA, part of Aviva plc, the world’s fifth largest insurance group, recently announced the appointment of John D. Currier, Jr., right, as chief actuary and the promotion of Rhonda Elming to senior vice president, product management, effective immediately.

Currier joined the company in 2005 as senior vice president, annuity product development. He has 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.

As a result of Currier’s appointment, Rhonda Elming has been named senior vice president, 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 senior vice president – 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).

According to Aviva USA President and CEO Chris Littlefield, these appointments clearly 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,” said Littlefield.

Richard Hoskins, chief financial officer for Aviva North America added, “The appointment of John as Aviva USA’s chief actuary continues our vision of providing strong financial information and services. He will have an important role in working with our U.S. business leaders to drive performance and growth.”

Currier will report directly to Richard Hoskins, chief financial officer, as part of the Aviva North America Finance Leadership Team. He also will have dotted-line accountability to Aviva USA President and CEO Chris Littlefield. Elming will continue to report to Currier.