The Business On... Andrew Moss, Chief executive, Aviva


I see Aviva has beaten forecasts: does that buy Mr Moss time?

For the moment, anyway. The softly spoken Mr Moss should be able to keep his critics at bay for a bit after yesterday reporting operating profits of £1.34bn compared with the analysts' consensus of £1.28bn, but they won't keep quiet for ever.



What's the problem?

Aviva's a great big sprawling beast of a company, with businesses all over the place. Some of the smaller ones haven't been doing all that well, and Mr Moss's detractors say the company under his watch has lacked a sharp focus.



Is that fair?

Not entirely, but Mr Moss's understated manner doesn't help. His predecessor, Richard Harvey, was much more thin-skinned, and could be prickly. But he was rather better at explaining what he wanted to do (even if it looked barking, like the slightly silly name that the company still has).



What happened to 'one Aviva twice the value'?

Ah yes, that plan to double earnings per share and earn the executives a tasty extra bonus for what they should have been doing as part of their everyday jobs. We haven't heard much about that recently, funnily enough. But there's an expensively produced and glossy video on the website about the company's "journey" to create one Aviva if you're really, really short of things to do. And you'll still find details of the bonus plan squirrelled away in the annual report.



Aren't they paid enough already?

Read the annual reports. The remuneration committee praises Mr Moss and his colleagues for exercising restraint during the downturn, but warns that a man in his position should be paid more than the £2.5m he earned in 2010.



Can Mr Moss restore the gloss?

The son of a solicitor, who cites gardening as his main relaxation and trained as an accountant after reading law at Oxford, has pulled out of some of those smaller businesses. But the City is not renowned for its patience. He needs to move faster.

Start your day with The Independent, sign up for daily news emails
PROMOTED VIDEO
ebooks
ebooksA year of political gossip, levity and intrigue from the sharpest pen in Westminster
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

iJobs Job Widget
iJobs People

Recruitment Genius: HR Manager

£25000 - £30000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: They are in need of a HR Manage...

h2 Recruit Ltd: Business Development Manager - HR Consultancy - £65,000 OTE

£35000 - £40000 per annum + £65,000 OTE: h2 Recruit Ltd: London, Birmingham, M...

Day In a Page

A timely reminder of the bloody anniversary we all forgot

A timely reminder of the bloody anniversary we all forgot

Who remembers that this week we enter the 150th anniversary year of the end of the American Civil War, asks Robert Fisk
Downfall of Dustin 'Screech' Diamond, the 'Saved By The Bell' star charged with bar stabbing

Scarred by the bell

The downfall of the TV star charged with bar stabbing
Why 2014 was a year of technological let-downs

Why 2014 was a year of technological let-downs

Security breaches and overhyped start-ups dominated a year in which very little changed (save the size of your phone)
Cuba's golf revolution: But will the revolutionary nation take 'bourgeois' game to its heart?

Will revolutionary Cuba take 'bourgeois' golf to its heart?

Fidel Castro ridiculed the game – but now investment in leisure resort projects is welcome
The Locked Room Mysteries: As a new collection of the genre’s best is published, its editor Otto Penzler explains the rules of engagement

The Locked Room Mysteries

As a new collection of the genre’s best is published, its editor explains the rules of engagement
Amy Adams on playing painter Margaret Keane in Tim Burton's Big Eyes

How I made myself Keane

Amy Adams hadn’t wanted to take the role of artist Margaret Keane, because she’d had enough of playing victims. But then she had a daughter, and saw the painter in a new light
Ed Richards: Parting view of Ofcom chief. . . we hate jokes on the disabled

Parting view of Ofcom chief... we hate jokes on the disabled

Bad language once got TV viewers irate, inciting calls to broadcasting switchboards. But now there is a worse offender, says retiring head of the media watchdog, Ed Richards
A look back at fashion in 2014: Wear in review

Wear in review

A look back at fashion in 2014
Ian Herbert: My 10 hopes for sport in 2015. Might just one of them happen?

Ian Herbert: My 10 hopes for sport in 2015

Might just one of them happen?
War with Isis: The West needs more than a White Knight

The West needs more than a White Knight

Despite billions spent on weapons, the US has not been able to counter Isis's gruesome tactics, says Patrick Cockburn
Return to Helmand: Private Davey Graham recalls the day he was shot by the Taliban

'The day I was shot by the Taliban'

Private Davey Graham was shot five times during an ambush in 2007 - it was the first, controversial photograph to show the dangers our soldiers faced in Helmand province
Revealed: the best and worst airlines for delays

Revealed: the best and worst airlines for delays

Many flyers are failing to claim compensation to which they are entitled, a new survey has found
The stories that defined 2014: From the Scottish independence referendum to the Ice Bucket Challenge, our writers voice their opinions

The stories that defined 2014

From the Scottish independence referendum to the Ice Bucket Challenge, our writers voice their opinions
Stoke-on-Trent becomes first British city to be classified as 'disaster resilient' by the United Nations

Disaster looming? Now you know where to head...

Which British city has become the first to be awarded special 'resilience' status by the UN?
Finally, a diet that works: Californian pastor's wildly popular Daniel Plan has seen his congregation greatly reduced

Finally, a diet that works

Californian pastor's wildly popular Daniel Plan has seen his congregation greatly reduced