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Alistair Robson, head of Underwriting for Axis Global Markets, and chief underwriting officer of Axis Managing Agency (File photograph)

Bermudian-based Axis Capital Holdings Ltd has announced that Alistair Robson, head of Underwriting for Axis Global Markets, and chief underwriting officer of Axis Managing Agency, is to retire.

He will leave Axis at the end of June after 13 years with the company and a 39-year career in insurance.

Mr Robson joined Axis in 2011 as executive vice-president and head of Global Property, also serving as the first active underwriter of Lloyd’s Syndicate 1686.

He was later promoted to chief underwriting officer of the International division and Axis Managing Agency, before assuming his current role upon the formation of Global Markets in 2023.

“Alistair has been a driving force in establishing Global Markets as a powerful revenue generator for Axis,” said Mark Gregory, head of Axis Global Markets.

“Among Alistair’s considerable contributions to Axis have been his integral role in the founding of Syndicate 1686 in 2014, the merger of the Axis and Novae underwriting operations from 2017, putting in place a rigorous performance management regime, the regulatory approval of Axis Managing Agency, and, more recently, the launch of Axis Energy Transition Syndicate 2050.”

Mr Robson’s decision to retire has prompted a series of promotions within Global Markets that will come into effect on July 1.

Rory MacGregor, head of Non-Marine, is promoted to head of Underwriting, Global Markets, reporting to Mr Gregory.

Steve Cross, head of Construction, is promoted to head of Non-Marine, Global Markets, continuing to report to Mr MacGregor.

Anna Woolley, senior construction underwriter, is promoted to head of Construction, Global Markets, continuing to report to Mr Cross.

The company said Mr Robson will work with the Global Markets leadership to ensure a smooth transition of his roles.

Mr Gregory added: “We thank Alistair for his leadership and contribution to Axis and the wider industry, and congratulate Rory, Steve, and Anna on their well-deserved promotions.”

Mark Gregory, head of Global Markets, Axis Capital (File photograph)
Rory MacGregor, incoming head of Underwriting, Axis Global Markets (File photograph)
Steve Cross, incoming head of Non-Marine, Axis Global Markets (File photograph)
Anna Woolley, incoming head of Construction, Axis Global Markets (File photograph)

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Published April 10, 2024 at 4:30 pm (Updated April 10, 2024 at 8:18 pm)

Alistair Robson to retire after 39-year career in insurance

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