Andries Smit

Managing Director, Global Digital Factory, Aviva

Andries is Managing Director, Global Digital Factory at Aviva. He is responsible for driving Aviva’s global digital products, experience and technology.

With vast experience working in myriad organizations across continents, Andries’ career has always centered on ‘digital’ and ‘transformation’. From digital startups to multi-nationals, the likes of PwC, Morgan Stanley and RBS, whether based in South Africa, the UK, Canada or Asia, Andries has remained focused on delivering sustainable value from strategy through to execution.

Prior to his current role, Andries has also held various positions at Aviva, including Managing Director for Asia Digital, Group Integration Director advising on the acquisition of Royal Bank of Canada Insurance and Friends Life and Transformation Director, leading the Digital setup and transformation. Andries previously helped Morgan Stanley build a new Dry Freight ‘physicals’ business. In between his corporate career, Andries founded and exited multiple digital startups, including Rent-a-Quad, Redenaars, Habittool and SME Discounts.

Professional qualifications and memberships

Andries qualified as a Chartered Accountant and completed his training at PwC. His professional experience as auditor, transformation and integration specialist as well as digital entrepreneur gives him a unique advantage in driving organisational transformation and value.

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