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XL Group plc’s (NYSE: XL) insurance operations (“XL Group”) today announced the appointment of Roland Brandt as Property Underwriting Manager Risk Management, Analytics and Innovation for the International region. Mr Brandt will be based in Munich and will report to Matthias Horntrich, Chief Underwriting Officer, International Property.Roland Brandt joins XL Group from Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty where he was Head of Risk Consulting in Germany and Central Europe.Mr. Brandt will coordinate and lead the activities of XL Group’s International Property insurance business in risk assessment, leveraging client industry expertise, best in class risk management and innovation. He will drive the review and ongoing enhancement of how analytical information is used in the underwriting decision process. The realignment of XL GAPS expertise with Underwriting will support our capability enhancement.According to Mr. Horntrich: "This strategic appointment recognizes the need in our industry to specialize and to invest in analytical and industry-specific capabilities that enable insurers to adequately respond to the complexities of global risks, newly emerging risks and the needs of global clients. As change accelerates and risks multiply, it’s becoming more and more evident that global insurers need to tackle the lack of available exposure data to adequately quantify the dynamic risks of high-tech companies operating around the globe.”About 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, Dublin 2, Ireland. To learn more, visit