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Sydney – 10 August 2011 - XL Insurance, the global insurance operations of XL Group plc (NYSE: XL), today announced the appointment of Andrew Hookings as Environmental underwriter for Australia.Mr Hookings has over 10 years' insurance industry experience, most recently as Client Relationship Manager for XL Insurance in Sydney. In his new role he will focus on the growing demand for environmental insurance with particular focus on the construction industry.Simon White, Environmental Branch Manager, for XL Insurance in the UK said: "XL has a strong presence in the Australian market creating significant opportunity for growth in the region. Our clients and brokers will benefit from Andrew's expertise and industry knowledge as we continue to expand our environmental capabilities".Craig Langham, Country Manager of XL Insurance Australia, added: "I am delighted for Andrew to be joining XL Insurance's team of talented underwriters. We see great potential for specialist and local environmental insurance solutions in the Australian market. XL Insurance's strong underwriting expertise and product design, coupled with international claims experience, will allow us to further deliver comprehensive products and services that effectively respond to the specific needs of clients and brokers."XL Insurance has offices in Sydney and Melbourne offering Property, Liability, Professional Lines, Construction, Marine, Product Contamination and Environmental insurance to medium and large local businesses.About XL InsuranceXL Insurance is the global brand used by XL Group plc's insurance companies and underwriting divisions offering property, casualty, professional and specialty insurance products throughout the world. More information about XL Insurance is available at www.xlinsurance.comXL was formed in 1986 in response to the unmet risk management needs of 68 of the world's largest companies. This year, as XL celebrates its 25th anniversary, it remains the company clients look to for innovative insurance and reinsurance solutions for their most complex risks. XL 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 on a worldwide basis. Its principal offices are located at No. 1 Hatch Street Upper, 4th Floor, Dublin 2, Ireland. More information about XL Group plc is available at