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NEW YORK, October 11, 2011 – The Insurance segment of XL Group plc (“XL”) (NYSE: XL) today announced a new addition to its North America Property team with the appointment of Michele Sansone as Senior Vice President and Eastern Regional Executive. Reporting to Joseph Tocco, head of XL’s North America Property unit, Ms. Sansone is based in New York and is responsible for managing XL’s property underwriting activities throughout the Eastern US.According to Mr. Tocco, "With more than 25 years serving the global property market, Michele’s knowledge of managing large global property risks is unparalleled. She is high energy and passionate about deliverying global property protection with personal service.”“That energy and passion drove her success in building profitable books of global property business throughout her career and will certainly be instrumental as we extend our added property capacity, along with our underwriting and risk engineering capabilities, to more businesses seeking to protect operations around the world.” said Mr. Tocco, noting XL’s recent increase to $750 million in property capacity available for businesses who buy 100% of their property coverage from its North America Property group.Ms. Sansone’s new responsibilities for XL include overseeing property underwriting and broker relationships throughout the eastern US including XL’s underwriting offices in New York, Atlanta, Boston and Charlotte. XL’s Property coverages include property damage & Business Interruption on a Named Perils and All Risks basis, with significant global wind, flood and earthquake capacity available.Additionally, Ms. Sansone and her team coordinate risk engineering services for XL’s property clients through XL Global Asset Protection Services (XL GAPS), its loss prevention consulting firm.Ms. Sansone joins XL from Zurich NA where she served as Senior Vice President and Northeast Regional Manager, responsible for managing property underwriting operations in New York and Boston. She began her 16-year tenure with Zurich when the company acquired the Home Insurance Group where she was a territorial underwriting manager. Following the acquisition, she was promoted to Property Team Leader and helped create Zurich’s International Programs business. Ms. Sansone began her underwriting career with AIG.About XL’s Insurance SegmentThe Insurance segment of XL Group plc offers 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, 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. Its principal offices are located at No.1 Hatch Street Upper, 4th Floor, Dublin2, Ireland. To learn more, visit