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XL strengthens regional UK underwriting team London, UK – 22 November, 2011 - XL Group plc (“XL”) (NYSE: XL) today announced the appointment of a property and casualty underwriter for its regional Birmingham office.To strengthen XL services offered in the Midlands region, Robert Dawes has been appointed as Property/Casualty Package Underwriter, Middle Markets, Midlands. Mr. Dawes has 10+ years of underwriting and broking experience with a focus on SMEs and larger corporate risks. He joins from Allianz where his most recent role was Business Developer with responsibility for the development and growth of the property and casualty business in the Midlands area.Denis Burniston, Chief Underwriting Officer UK Middle Markets, said: “This appointment underlines our commitment to building a strong and efficient regional network for SMEs and larger organizations in the UK. Harnessing specialist underwriting talent is part of this strategy.Mr Burniston added, “I am delighted to welcome Robert to our successful Birmingham office. This appointment will ensure we can meet the needs of our growing customer base in the Midlands.”About XL Group plcXL 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 throughout the world.XL is the company clients look to for answers to their most complex risks and to help move their world forward. Its principal offices are located at No.1 Hatch Street Upper, 4th Floor, Dublin2, Ireland. To learn more, visit