Aegon extends partnership with Atos for administration services
Aegon today announces that it has strengthened its existing partnership with Atos, by announcing a 15 year contract to service and administer its Existing Business (non-platform customers). This will further improve customer service for around 1.4 million customers with a multitude of different policy types.
“It’s important that as the financial services market evolves we continue to provide customers with an excellent service, stability and help them achieve a lifetime of financial security”, said Adrian Grace, CEO of Aegon UK. “Building on our established and already successful relationship with Atos will give continued momentum to our Existing Business. This is an important step in our strategy and is in the best interests of our customers, employees and shareholders.”
Since 2016, Atos has successfully serviced and administered Aegon’s 500,000 protection customers and has an excellent understanding of Aegon’s business, culture and ways of working. Aegon continues to be the product provider and will continue to carry out the regulatory responsibility for its Existing Business products, many of which stretch back over 40 years.
The same teams currently supporting the Existing Business, will remain in Edinburgh, and will provide continuity of service. The teams will also benefit from Atos’ ambition to win similar contracts from other providers and develop an Edinburgh-based centre of excellence in administration of life and pensions business.
“We are delighted to deepen our partnership with Aegon with this agreement”, said Adrian Gregory, CEO of Atos UK&I. “We look forward to working with the Aegon team to deliver operational and end-to-end customer service excellence, by blending the existing talent with tailored innovative technologies. This agreement also highlights the increasing footprint and ambition of Atos in providing business transformation expertise to the life and pensions market and the broader financial services sector.”
Aegon will continue the administration and servicing of all platform policies and schemes across Aegon Retirement Choices (ARC), Aegon Platform (previously Cofunds and Investor Portfolio Service),TargetPlan (previously BlackRock), Aegon One Retirement, Retiready and our Institutional platform. These services are on platform and are unaffected by this announcement.
This agreement is expected to lead to annual run-rate expense savings for Aegon of approximately £10 million initially, growing to approximately £30 million over time. Total transition and conversion charges are estimated to amount to approximately £130 million, and are expected to be recorded over the first three years of the agreement.
Brian Linn, General Secretary of Aegis the Union said: “We are encouraged that Aegon’s review of Existing Business has resulted in a solution that guarantees the future of the Edinburgh site and provides opportunities for growth with a commitment to no offshoring of jobs.
“Our first impression is this is very positive news for our members regarding their job security and career development. We look forward to working with Aegon and Atos to ensure that our members’ interests are promoted and protected during this consultation period and beyond.”
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Notes to Editors
- In the UK, Aegon offers retirement, workplace savings and protection solutions to well over three million customers and employs approximately 3,450 staff. More information: aegon.co.uk
- As an international life insurance, pensions and asset management group based in The Hague, Aegon has businesses in over twenty five markets in the Americas, Europe and Asia. Aegon companies employ over 28,000 people and have millions of customers across the globe. Further information: aegon.com
Atos is a global leader in digital transformation with 120,000 employees in 73 countries and annual revenue of € 13 billion. European number one in Cloud, Cybersecurity and High-Performance Computing, the Group provides end-to-end Orchestrated Hybrid Cloud, Big Data, Business Applications and Digital Workplace solutions through its Digital Transformation Factory, as well as transactional services through Worldline, the European leader in the payment industry. In the UK & Ireland around 10,000 employees deliver business technology solutions for some of the country’s largest public and private sector organisations. With its cutting-edge technologies and industry knowledge, Atos supports the digital transformation of its clients across all business sectors. The Group is the Worldwide Information Technology Partner for the Olympic & Paralympic Games and operates under the brands Atos, Atos Syntel, Unify and Worldline. Atos is listed on the CAC40 Paris stock index.