AXA XL announces key appointments to its Private Clients team in the UK


AXA XL has announced the following new additions to its Private Clients team in the UK:

  • Chris Lewis has been appointed as Independent Broker Sales Manager
  • James Ellis is appointed as Underwriter (effective immediately)
  • Steve Morse is appointed as UK Underwriting Manager (effective 1 June)
  • Tom French is appointed as Sales Manager (effective 1 July)

Chris Lewis has taken on the role of Independent Broker Sales Manager, with responsibility for managing the relationships and developing the business with AXA XL’s Independent broker panel. Chris was previously a Managing Director at Borland Private Clients, and earlier spent 20 years at Chubb in a variety of private clients roles, most recently in senior sales and development positions.

James Ellis joins as an Underwriter. He joins from Hiscox, where he held the position of High Net Worth (HNW) Development Underwriter. Previously, James spent five years at Chubb as a High Net Worth Underwriter, primarily looking after independent brokers.

Steve Morse joins on 1 June as UK Underwriting Manager and will be responsible for leading AXA XL’s private clients business in the UK. Steve also joins from Hiscox, where he spent 16 years in variety of roles, most recently as Regional Manager for the Midlands. He also undertook the role of Head of Motor and Overseas Property and several other senior positions.

Tom French joins the team on 1 July as Sales Manager. He will be responsible for driving AXA XL’s UK sales efforts and for enhancing global and larger national broker relationships. Tom joins from Chubb, where he spent more than three years as Strategic Development Manager. He had previously spent 12 years at Larks in several broking roles in the company’s Private Clients division.

Speaking about the new appointments, Simon Mobey, Head of Private Clients at AXA XL, said: “I am delighted to welcome Chris, James, Steve and Tom to the team. This significant investment in talent demonstrates our commitment to the private clients market in the UK and to providing a best-in-class service for our clients.

“We have very ambitious plans for this market, and these four appointments and the attributes they bring will play an important role in helping us as to deliver on those.”

Authored by AXA XL


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AXA XL is the P&C and specialty risk division of AXA which provides property, casualty, professional and speciality products to industrial, commercial and professional firms, insurance companies and other enterprises, here in the UK and throughout the world. With underwriting teams based in the US, UK, EMEA and Asia Pacific regions, we can make decisions close to the markets you serve and work with you to tailor cover to your business needs.

We help businesses adapt and thrive amidst change. Rather than just paying covered claims when things go wrong, we go beyond protection into prevention so your business can go beyond the unexpected.

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