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London, 13 June 2011 - XL Insurance, the global insurance operations of XL Group plc (NYSE: XL), today announced the opening of its new underwriting office in Birmingham.As part of the opening, Gary Waterfield has been appointed as Senior Casualty Underwriter, Middle Markets. Mr. Waterfield has nearly 20 years of underwriting and broking experience with a focus on SMEs and larger corporate risks. He joins from Zurich Financial Services in Birmingham where his most recent role was Regional Construction Manager with responsibility for underwriting and business development.Denis Burniston, Chief Underwriting Officer UK Middle Markets, said: “The new Birmingham office is ideally placed to service our growing regional customer base, especially in the Midlands.“Gary has the experience and contacts to further grow the business in the region, building on our established reputation of efficient underwriting and claims services. We continue to see growing demand for our offerings and will be looking to extend our underwriting capabilities in the future.”About XL Insurance:"XL Insurance" is the global brand used by member insurers of XL Group plc (NYSE: XL). More information about XL Insurance is available at XL 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.