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Since launching XL's current strategy in 2010-11, we've seen our key business metrics improve, we’ve seen our premium increase and we’ve achieved doubledigit returns on equity. The business plans leading to these achievements and goals are well discussed in our key audiences. 

Less obvious, however, is what we’ve done to make our business goals and culture align and ensure that the total continues to move XL forward. A big piece ofthis is directly related to the way, as a specific part of our strategy, we have distributed and shared leadership across the company, particularly with the expandingroles of our Managing Directors (MDs).

MDs are leaders from across XL’s geographies, businesses and functions. We select them for their ability to be stewards of the company and reinforce ourstrategy and culture. Working closely with our Senior Leadership Team, MDs have helped us address many challenges but have been particularly useful in two keyareas:

Closer Global Alignment. We are only a little over 4000 colleagues yet we have offices in over 20 countries. Distributing empowered leaders throughout thefirm ties our colleagues together to an even greater degree and helps solve for the obstacles to a unified culture that time and distance can create.

Shared Accountability. We do not own the majority of the firm—we are agents of our shareholders. It’s a common challenge of a public company. Wewanted to build a stronger sense of personal ownership across the enterprise and increased commitment from leaders to hold each other accountable for our results.Through broadening our leadership through our MDs, we have a greater number of partners, each charged with the individual and collective responsibility for XL, raisingthe level of accountability exponentially across the entire company

Of course, we’ve gained other advantages from this structure as well including a greater number of minds on our most critical issues and a more attractiverecruiting incentive to draw in great talent who seek roles with deeper context and contribution.

The results so far have been powerful and we look forward to the continuing evolution of this leadership community. This year, we are pleased to announce that 10 XLcolleagues have obtained the positions of Managing Director:

 Stephen Ashwell Mary Hayward Paul Simons
Greg Dyer Phil Jacobs Craig Wenzel
Ian France Lee Meyrick
Graham Hawkins Donna Nadeau  

 

These new MDs, and the rest of XL’s Leadership Council (including our 47 other Managing Directors, listed below) stand ready to assist our colleaguesand  our client and broker partners in making their world go, as we like to say, fast fast forward. ​

Jean-Luc Allard Kim Holmes Philippe Rochaix
Robin Arendt Bernie Horovitz Bertrand Romagne
Mark Berry John Hume Lorraine Seib
Alex Blanco Jonathan Ibbott Bob Shine
David Brooks Derrick Irby Mervyn Skeet
Gavin Bruce-Smythe Gary Kaplan Markus Stiefel
Tom Burke Craig Langham Patrick Tannock
Chris Buse Bud Lockwood Joe Tocco
Charles Cooper Philippe Lutgen  Paul Tuhy
Chris Dougherty Mike Masters  Kip Walker
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US- and Canada-Issued Insurance Policies

In the US, the AXA XL insurance companies are: AXA Insurance Company, Catlin Insurance Company, Inc., Greenwich Insurance Company, Indian Harbor Insurance Company, XL Insurance America, Inc., XL Specialty Insurance Company and T.H.E. Insurance Company. In Canada, coverages are underwritten by XL Specialty Insurance Company - Canadian Branch and AXA Insurance Company - Canadian branch. Coverages may also be underwritten by Lloyd’s Syndicate #2003. Coverages underwritten by Lloyd’s Syndicate #2003 are placed on behalf of the member of Syndicate #2003 by Catlin Canada Inc. Lloyd’s ratings are independent of AXA XL.
US domiciled insurance policies can be written by the following AXA XL surplus lines insurers: XL Catlin Insurance Company UK Limited, Syndicates managed by Catlin Underwriting Agencies Limited and Indian Harbor Insurance Company. Enquires from US residents should be directed to a local insurance agent or broker permitted to write business in the relevant state.