AXA XL appoints new Global Chief Underwriting Officer


Authored by AXA XL

AXA XL has named Libby Benet to the role of Global Chief Underwriting Officer (GCUO), succeeding Nancy Bewlay, who recently assumed leadership of AXA XL’s global reinsurance operation.

According to AXA XL CEO Scott Gunter, “Given the GCUO’s responsibility for underwriting governance, pricing, risk aggregation and global product strategy, this is a big role to fill, and Libby is well prepared for it.  Libby has done an impressive job working with our regional underwriting teams to support their disciplined underwriting, improve pricing, and manage our aggregate exposure in support of our profitable growth. Libby’s proven leadership, market insight and portfolio management experience will continue to prove valuable in her new expanded leadership role.”

Ms. Benet joined AXA XL in 2020 assuming the new role of Chief Underwriting Officer for Cyber, tasked with closely monitoring the cyber risk portfolio and exposure from an aggregated global product view. When AXA XL implemented its new operating model, she expanded her role, assuming Global Chief Underwriting Officer responsibilities for all financial lines, including cyber. 

Prior to her tenure at AXA XL, Ms. Benet managed her own consultancy where she assisted insurance company clients in the development and implementation of new insurance products and consultation on the set up of underwriting and claims systems and feedback on reinsurance purchasing. Her insurance career also includes positions with Beazley, General Reinsurance and Zurich.

Ms. Benet is a graduate of Towson University and the University of Baltimore School of Law.  She is a member of the Maryland State Bar as well as a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP US) and Certified Information Privacy Manager (CIPM) through the International Association of Privacy Professionals.


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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