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AXA XL today announced the following appointments to its UK Client & Distribution team:

Allan Murley is appointed Head of Broker Management, UK

Tim Smith is appointed Head of Client Management, UK

Christine Cook is appointed Head of Portfolio Solutions, UK

Allan Murley has been promoted to Head of Broker Management, UK, effective immediately. In his new role he will be responsible for leading the UK Broker team and working with regional underwriting teams to profitably grow the UK book of business. 

Having begun his career in insurance in 1994 as an engineering underwriter at HSB Engineering, Mr. Murley went on to join Zurich in 2000. It was there that he rose to the position of Head of Business & Broker Development and was tasked with creating and managing the insurer’s new team. He joined XL Group as a Client & Distribution Leader in 2014.

Tim Smith has been promoted to Head of Client Management, UK, effective immediately. He will be responsible for leading the UK Client team and working with underwriting teams to profitably grow the UK book of business. 

With nearly 30 years’ experience in insurance, Mr. Smith has held roles spanning across claims, underwriting and business development. He worked at Willis, Independent Insurance and QBE, before joining Zurich in 2006, where he most recently held the role of Broker Leader, Commercial Insurance. He joined AXA XL in 2018 as a Senior Casualty Underwriter.

Christine Cook has been promoted to Head of Portfolio Solutions, UK, effective immediately. She will be responsible for coordinating and developing Portfolio Solutions, supporting the Head of Client and Distribution and the Global Head of Portfolio Solutions in the UK.

In 2001, Ms. Cook joined Catlin as an Underwriting Assistant in the Marine team. She began her most recent role as a Senior Class Underwriter, Portfolio Deals, in 2016, in which she was responsible for the underwriting, management and strategic development of Portfolio Deals, as well as devising and executing the business strategy for UK MGA Angel.

All three of the new appointments will be based in London and report to Louise Piper, Head of UK Client & Distribution.

Ms. Piper commented: “I am delighted that Allan, Tim and Christine have been appointed in their new roles. As we move forward as one AXA XL, they will play an essential role in delivering our strategy for UK clients and brokers and providing them with access to the broader capabilities of the AXA Group.”

“Pleasingly, these promotions also are a testament to the talent we already have in place in the UK Client & Distribution team and across the wider company.”

These promotions follow the appointment of Paul Howard to the role of Head of Coverholder Management within the same team, which was made earlier this month.”

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