AXA XL announces new Leadership Team


AXA XL has announced a new Leadership Team and proposed changes to the operating model of its Insurance business following a strategic review.

Key proposed changes to the operating model include the creation of a single global insurance Underwriting Function and the establishment of three geographical Business Units across the Americas, Eurasia, and the UK & Lloyd’s market.

The Underwriting Function will be led by a global Chief Underwriting Officer (CUO), who will be working to design the structure of the proposed new model. The CUO would be responsible for underwriting governance, pricing, P&L and the management of the global heads of business lines in order to define and drive product strategy.

The three geographical Business Units will be led by CEOs, who would be responsible for the balance sheets of their geographies and managing talent.

Scott Gunter, AXA XL CEO, confirmed the following Leadership Team to build out the envisaged operating model*: 

  • Nancy Bewlay, Chief Underwriter Officer
  • Joseph Tocco, Chief Executive Officer, Americas
  • Scott Gunter, Interim Chief Executive Officer, Eurasia.
  • Sean McGovern, Interim Chief Executive Officer, UK & Lloyd’s market
  • Charles Cooper, Chief Executive Officer, Reinsurance
  • Brent Hoffman, Chief Claims Officer
  • Karen le Duc, Chief Human Resources Officer  
  • Matthieu Caillat, Chief Operating Officer
  • Noel Richardson, Chief Risk Officer
  • Rainer Schoellhammer, Chief Finance Officer
  • Sean McGovern, General Counsel

Scott Gunter said: “AXA XL is the result of acquisitions and mergers and with our increased scale, now is the time to optimize our structure by striking the right balance between local and global decision making so we remain agile and flexible.”

Mr. Gunter continued: “I have spent my first 60 days as CEO considering our priorities and our structure and assembling the right team to drive AXA XL forward.  We want to continue to serve our clients and brokers to the very best of our ability while being a simpler organisation to navigate. The regional structure would mean decisions can be made faster in country, while the global functions would mean our clients and brokers continue to benefit from our global expertise and experience.

“This Leadership Team is an international, highly experienced team of individuals: around half the team have a background at legacy XL Catlin, while the other half bring diverse and valuable experience from across the AXA Group. 

“This is a positive step forward for AXA XL and I strongly believe that this new Leadership Team will ensure we are the insurance partner of choice across business lines and around the world.”

* In line with usual practice, the proposed changes affecting European entities, will be subject to consultation with employee representative bodies.

Authored by AXA XL


About AXA XL

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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