AXA XL names new leadership team for the UK and Lloyd’s region


AXA XL has named a new leadership team for the UK and Lloyd’s region as it realigns its operating model following a strategic review. 

Martin Turner has been appointed chief claims officer for the UK and Lloyd's, while Luis Prato becomes chief underwriting officer for the UK and Lloyd's. Meanwhile Elie Hanna has been named chief distribution officer for the UK and Lloyd's.

Turner has been in the London insurance market for more than 30 years, having started his career in 1986 with Reinsurance Broker Alwen Hough & Johnson. He joined AXA XL - formerly Brockbank Syndicate Management - in 1988, and has held a series of senior positions, most recently serving as head of UK and global specialty claims.

Prato began his career as a risk engineering consultant. In 1998, he became senior underwriter for energy and managing director, Latin American division at Zurich Global Energy. He held senior positions at Allied World Insurance and AEGIS London, before joining AXA XL - then Catlin - in 2008, as head of downstream energy for UK and Ireland. He was promoted to head of UK energy and regional product leader for the UK and Ireland in 2016, before being made chief underwriting officer for the UK region and legal entities in September 2019.

Hanna spent more than a decade at AIG in underwriting, country management and senior distribution roles in London and across the Middle East. In 2016, he joined the AXA Group, where he worked as global head of mid-market and broker engagement. Most recently he was the global head of broker management at AXA XL, responsible for managing the division’s strategic broker relationships for the insurance segment.

Sean McGovern, chief executive for the UK and Lloyd’s market, said: “This is the latest step in our journey to optimise our structure by striking the right balance between local and global, in order to ensure we serve our clients and brokers to the best of our ability.”

AXA XL, Martin Turner, Luis Prato, Elie Hanna, Sean McGovern

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