Aviva Investors, the global asset management business operated by affiliates of Aviva, has appointed Pat O’Brien as new CEO of Aviva Investors North America.

Pat will have overall responsibility for Aviva Investors operations in the US and Canada. He will report to chief executive Alain Dromer, and will join the Aviva Investors global executive committee. He will be based in Chicago.

Since 2000, he worked for Evergreen Investment Management, the asset management subsidiary of the Wachovia, initially as president, Institutional Asset Management and, between 2008 and 2009, as head of International for Wachovia Global Asset Management. Prior to that, Pat spent eight years at Banc One Investment Advisors in various senior management roles.

Dromer said that Pat brings a deep knowledge of the US market and the practical experience required to drive our ambitions in the North American region.

“Pat will also have an important role as the primary local contact between Aviva Investors and our colleagues from the Aviva life and general insurance businesses in North America and, notably in this context, his strong understanding of fixed income investments, an asset class at the heart of our own business, will be particularly valuable,” Dromer said.