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XL Catlin’s insurance operation in France today announced the appointments of François-Xavier d’Huart as Head of Client & Broker Management and Stéphane Gobet as Client & Distribution Leader. François-Xavier d’Huart, in this newly created position, will be responsible for further developing XL Catlin’s insurance operations in France by managing our relationships with brokers and clients, while making sure we maintain an excellent level of service. He will identify and develop new distribution channels and will work closely with the French underwriting management team to contribute to the development of our offering. His appointment is effective September 16. Reporting to Mr d’Huart, Stéphane Gobet will be responsible for developing our French operations’ distribution strategy and enabling access to expert underwriting and best-in-class solutions for brokers and clients in France. He will join XL Catlin on October 24. Commenting on the appointments, Bruno Laval, Regional Manager for Southern Europe and Country Manager, France – Insurance, said: “We are actively deploying our capabilities and both François-Xavier’s and Stéphane’s appointments will allow us to showcase our expertise in the French market and empower our underwriters to focus on what they do best: work with our brokers and clients to create innovative and tailored insurance solutions.” He added: “Both hires have impressive credentials, extensive knowledge of the French market and are complementary. François-Xavier’s senior leadership experience will allow him to provide strategic leadership to the team, while Stéphane’s underwriting and client management skills position him ideally to help deliver the level of service clients expect from XL Catlin.” Mr. d’Huart started his career at AXA France where he held several underwriting and management positions in Property and Specialty. He became Group Head of Marine & Specialty at AXA Global P&C in 2010 and Head of Marine Cargo & Hull for AXA in Asia in 2012, based in Singapore. Most recently, he served as Chief Executive Officer of broking firms Office Lyonnais d’Assurances and Interassur (SATEC Group). François-Xavier holds a Master’s Degree in Engineering from Supélec, a Master’s Degree in Economics & Management from IFP School and an actuarial degree. Mr. Gobet joins from AIG where he has been working since 2008, first as a Casualty underwriter and, since 2014, as Casualty underwriting manager, Large Clients. Between 1998 and 2008, he held several senior client and broker management roles at Siaci Saint Honoré and Zurich Financial Services. Stéphane holds a BTS (Brevet de Technicien Supérieur) in Insurance. About XL Catlin’s Insurance Operations XL Catlin insurance companies offer property, casualty, professional, financial lines and specialty insurance products globally. Businesses that are moving the world forward choose XL Catlin as their partner. To learn more, visit About XL Catlin XL Catlin is the global brand used by XL Group Ltd’s (NYSE:XL) insurance and reinsurance companies which provide property, casualty, professional and specialty products to industrial, commercial and professional firms, insurance companies and other enterprises throughout the world. Clients look to XL Catlin for answers to their most complex risks and to help move their world forward. To learn more, visit