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XL Catlin’s insurance operations today announced that it has strengthened its energy team globally with four senior hires: Wayne Jacobson, Joseph Tina, Helen Watkinson and Denise Dass-Hewitt. Commenting, Huw Jones, Global Head of Energy at XL Catlin said: “The Energy industry is facing well documented challenges around the globe. However volatility in these markets is not new to us or our client base. As part of our long-term commitment to the market we have added to and invested in our team globally to ensure we have the best talent both in terms of risk engineering and underwriting. The need for intelligent and flexible underwriting decisions, backed up by first-class engineering capability, is stronger than ever and as such I am delighted to have attracted these high-calibre colleagues to join our global team.” Mr. Jones added: “With our expanded talent base, a strong balance sheet and meaningful capacity, we can address both the traditional and emerging complex risks of our clients around the world.” In the Americas, XL Catlin has appointed Wayne Jacobson as Director of Energy Liability – Americas. Based in New York, Mr Jacobson joins from Colony Specialty Insurance Company where he was Vice President for the company’s Oil & Gas division. During his nearly 40-year career, Mr. Jacobson has served in senior positions at several leading Insurers. Joseph Tina also joins as Underwriter for Energy, Liability for the Americas, based in New York. Mr. Tina joins from Colony Specialty where he held the position of Senior Underwriter, leading the Oil & Gas division. Mr. Tina has a broad experience having worked in the Energy Insurance sector for 8 years. In Paris, France, Helen Watkinson joins as Underwriting Manager, Energy for France bringing with her 10 years of experience in insurance. She started her career in 2006 with Munich Re before joining Liberty Specialty Markets in London in 2008 and in Paris in 2014 as a Senior Underwriter, Onshore Energy. In London, UK, Denise Dass-Hewitt joins as a Risk Engineer. Ms. Dass-Hewitt has over 35 years’ experience with major North Sea operators. In her last role as Vice President, Development at BG Group she was responsible for all operational aspects of the appraisal, concept selection and developments of the BG Brazil discoveries. Prior to joining BG, Ms. Dass-Hewitt held many senior engineering roles with Enterprise Oil plc, Repsol Exploration (UK) limited, Goal Petroleum plc, and Arco British Limited. The global team will be further supported by consultant and industry veteran, Bryan Johnson, who has recently been appointed as a consultant on the upstream account based in Houston, Texas, USA. 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 plc’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