Hugh Hessing has been appointed CEO of Aviva Ireland.

Mr Hessing, who takes up the role having previously worked at group level, replaces Alison Burns, who is stepping down for family reasons.

Ms Burns is to remain within the Aviva Group, however, and will serve as a board member of Aviva Health.

Mr Hessing joined Aviva in 2006 as a director in the company’s general insurance business.

More recently he acted as Customer Experience Direction in its British life insurance arm.