LONDON (Reuters) - British insurer Aviva Plc
Stoddard, currently senior managing director, head of global financial institutions advisory at Blackstone, replaces Pat Regan, whose departure for Australian rival QBE
While at Blackstone Stoddard has been a corporate adviser to Aviva since the start of 2013, which the insurer said gave him "in-depth knowledge of the business".
Stoddard's appointment is the latest in a string of top-level changes since Chief Executive Mark Wilson arrived in 2013 after a shareholder revolt ousted his predecessor.
Wilson has since been steering a root-and-branch revamp of the company that has seen it reshuffle its business priorities, ditching non-core assets and expanding overseas.
Stoddard, whose appointment has been approved by regulators, will start at Aviva on May 5.
A former Credit Suisse
(Reporting by Clare Hutchison; Editing by David Goodman)