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XL Group has appointed Alex Howell as Senior Underwriter, Onshore Energy – Asia Pacific.Commenting, Philip Sexton, Head of Underwriting, Energy - International Property and Casualty at XL Group said: “Alex’s experience and expertise positions him very well for his new role. He will be focused on underwriting oil, gas, petrochemical and power and utilities risks, more specifically liquefied natural gas, storage, distribution and pipeline business.”Demand for insurance products for the energy market is expected to grow across Asia over the coming years. The Asia Development Bank’s Energy Outlook 2013 states that oil demand alone in Asia and the Pacific is projected to increase by 1.9% yearly over the outlook period and reach 1,973.0 Mtoe (Million Tons of Oil Equivalent) by 2035, 59.3% higher than the 1,238.2 Mtoe in 2010.Mr. Sexton added: “Alex’s appointment provides additional strength and depth to the Asia Pacific International Property and Casualty team as we further build our regional product suite.”Mr. Howell joins XL Group from the ACE Group where he managed the Global Markets Onshore Energy book. Previously he worked as a Senior Underwriter at Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty, where he was seconded to their Singapore operation.About XL Group plc’s Insurance OperationsXL Group plc’s insurance companies offer property, casualty, professional and specialty insurance products globally. Businesses that are moving the world forward choose XL as their partner. To learn more, visit XL Group plcXL Group plc (NYSE:XL), through its subsidiaries, is a global insurance and reinsurance company providing property, casualty and specialty products to industrial, commercial and professional firms, insurance companies and other enterprises throughout the world. XL is the company clients look to for answers to their most complex risks and to help move their world forward. To learn more, visit xlgroup.comXL Group is the global brand used by XL Group plc’s insurance and reinsurance subsidiaries.