AXIS promotions enhance business unit coordination
Axis Re, the reinsurance business segment of Bermudian-based Axis Capital Holdings Ltd, has promoted Simon Stirnemann to the post of head of EMEA LatAm Casualty.
Mr Stirnemann, who will lead the company’s EMEA LatAm Casualty team, was among three promotions announced by the company
Axis Re also announced that Allison Janisch has become global head of casualty, reinsurance product lead and Rich Phillips has become global A&H product lead.
The company said the newly-created positions within the reinsurance products division, led by Bermuda-based chief underwriting officer Katie Partington Howarth, are designed to enhance coordination of these lines of business across the reinsurance segment and will work in close partnership with existing business units.
The company said Mr Stirnemann has been with Axis for more than 15 years, working in the Singapore and Zurich offices.
He has held liability and casualty underwriting roles within Axis Re and most recently served as a strategic account executive.
Mr Stirnemann continues to be based in Zurich and now reports to Andy Hottinger, president of Axis Re’s International Division.
Mr Hottinger said: “Simon is an excellent addition to the EMEA LatAm team, and brings extensive expertise in multinational casualty as well as broader multiline experience from his previous role. He is ideally positioned to lead the EMEA LatAm Casualty team.”
In her new full-time role, the company said Ms Janisch is responsible for informing the global underwriting approach for all lines of casualty business, encouraging consistency and coordination across Axis Re.
Axis said she has more than 28 years of casualty experience and most recently served as Axis Re head of EMEA LatAm Casualty, a role she started in 2011.
Prior to joining Axis, Ms Janisch was the head of Global Casualty for Paris Re and AXARe. She continues to be based in Zurich and now reports to Ms Partington Howarth.
Mr Phillips has been appointed global head of A&H Product in addition to his role as head of US Reinsurance, Axis A&H.
In his new global product lead role, the company said Mr Phillips will work with Ms Partington Howarth to drive underwriting consistency globally for the A&H Reinsurance business.
Prior to joining Axis, Mr Phillips was president of the North America Accident & Health Reinsurance division of Munich Re and has more than 34 years of experience in the re/insurance industry.
He continues to be based in Princeton, New Jersey and reports to Jason Busti, president of Axis Re's North America division.
Ms Partington Howarth said: “These newly-established roles are an enhancement of Axis Re’s capabilities, further strengthen Axis Re’s global product leadership in the areas of Casualty and A&H, and speak to the career opportunities available within Axis Re.
“They, along with the recent appointments of Ann Haugh as head of Global Property and Jon Gray as head of Specialties, build on Axis Re’s recent drive to strengthen global product leadership. Both Allison and Rich bring the technical acumen, market intelligence, and leadership experience needed to drive a responsive, intelligent and profitable portfolio.”
The appointments were effective July 1.