RAC HR director loses job in management shake-up

Motoring services group RAC is to part company with group HR director Jill Nealon, following its takeover by insurance giant Aviva.

Nealon has agreed redundancy terms with the company after just a year in the job. She joined RAC in May last year from airline network Star Alliance, replacing Debbie Hewitt, who became managing director of roadside services.

Nealon is the first casualty in what is expected to be extensive changes to senior management at the company. Aviva is currently finalising its top-tier management structure, with further announcements expected over the next few weeks.

Following the takeover earlier this year, Aviva – the parent company of insurer Norwich Union – said it would strip £80m in costs out of the RAC by losing 900 back-office jobs and offshoring 800 of the 24,000-strong workforce.

Nealon told Personnel Today at the time that HR staff were likely to be among those who lose their jobs. She said the cuts would come from removing duplication in administrative functions and support services.

Earlier this month, EU regulators cleared the proposed £1.1bn acquisition of RAC by Aviva. The European Commission concluded that the purchase “would not significantly impede effective competition” in European markets.

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