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London – 1 March 2011 - XL Insurance, the global insurance operations of XL Group plc (NYSE: XL), today announced the appointment of David Longley as Senior Underwriter Design Professional in London.Mr. Longley has nearly 15 years of professional indemnity underwriting experience including at Lloyd’s. He joins from Ace Europe where he was Senior Professional Indemnity Underwriter with a focus on the construction industry.The Design Professional London team of four underwriters, headed by Stuart Essex, offers specialist coverage as well as risk mitigation services to architects and engineers. XL Insurance was also recently granted approval by Lloyd's to write Design Professional coverage through its Lloyd's operation, XL London Market Ltd.Commenting on the appointment, Mr. Essex said: “Demand for architects and engineers coverage continues to rise in the current economic climate. Our clients appreciate working with dedicated underwriters who really understand their business. Clients and brokers will benefit from David’s underwriting expertise and specialist market knowledge as we continue to expand our business in the UK and Europe.”About XL Insurance:"XL Insurance" is the global brand used by member insurers of XL Group plc (NYSE: XL). More information about XL Insurance and its products is available at