Aviva’s global CIO Toby Redshaw is leaving the insurance giant next year to join American Express as executive VP and CIO.

Redshaw will take up his new position as head of American Express’ global technology organisation in January 2011, reporting to Stephen Squeri, group president of American Express Global Services, and serving on the company’s Business Operating Committee.

CIO Toby Redshaw moving from Aviva to America Express

Aviva’s global CIO Toby Redshaw is leaving to join American Express
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Redshaw joined Aviva at the start of 2008 after six years at mobile maker Motorola where he was corporate VP for innovation, data, enabling platforms and architecture services.

Redshaw’s IT career has taken him around the world, including stints in Asia Pacific, Europe, the Middle East and Latin America.

The early portion of his working life included 17 years at FedEx, where he held a series of customer service, business and IT roles in business units globally. He’s also worked in Silicon Valley helping to set up a dot-com software as a service and supply-chain start-up.

“Toby is an experienced leader who has a strong reputation as a collaborative business partner who delivered results in markets around the world,” American Express’ Squeri said in a statement. “He will be a terrific addition to our organisation as we focus on creating a competitive advantage for the company through superior service, capabilities and operational excellence.”

Redshaw holds a double-major bachelor’s degree in economics and philosophy from the University of Memphis. He was named one of the most influential CIOs in the UK in both 2008 and 2009 after being voted onto silicon.com’s CIO50.