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To help businesses throughout the South Central US protect and insure their industrial and commercial properties, XL Group today added Jay E. Smelser to its North America Property insurance team as South Central Regional Leader. Mr. Smelser is based in Dallas and reports to Senior Vice President and Head of North America General Property Wade Pitman in Los Angeles. . According to Michele Sansone, president of XL Group’s North America Property, “This region is filled with industries including energy, technology and manufacturing businesses that have some of the most complex property risks out there. XL Group’s underwriters and property risk engineers are particularly skilled at addressing the insurance and loss prevention needs of these businesses. And we continue to build up our underwriting expertise, with seasoned insurance professionals like Jay, to do so.” Commenting on the appointment, Mr. Pitman said: “As we look to grow in this region, Jay’s experience and reputation will help us strengthen our local client and broker relationships. He adds some 20 years of underwriting experience, including complex domestic and international property risks to our team. We know our client and brokers will find him to be an informative and valuable resource in property risk management.” Mr. Smelser joins XL Group from Zurich Insurance Company where he most recently served as vice president and area property manager. His extensive 20+ year career also includes experience as a reinsurance underwriter, account executive specialty property broker, and a personal lines insurance agent. North America Property business meets the global and domestic property insurance needs for a wide variety of commercial businesses and industries. Coverages include Equipment Breakdown, General Property and Property for Energy companies, delivered by a dedicated team of underwriters, risk engineers and property claims managers who specialize in addressing large, complex property risks. About XL Group plc’s Insurance Operations XL Group plc’s insurance companies offer property, casualty, professional and specialty insurance products globally. Businesses that are moving the world forward choose XL as their partner. To learn more, visit About XL Group plc XL Group plc (NYSE: XL), 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. To learn more, visit XL Group is the global brand used by XL Group plc’s insurance and reinsurance subsidiaries.