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AXIS is a global insurer and reinsurer, providing our clients and distribution partners a broad range of risk transfer products and services, meaningful capacity and unquestioned financial strength.
We nurture an ethical, entrepreneurial and disciplined culture that promotes outstanding client service, intelligent risk taking and superior risk-adjusted returns for our shareholders.
At AXIS we nurture an ethical, risk-aware, achievement-oriented culture that promotes professionalism, responsibility, integrity, discipline, and entrepreneurialism.
President & CEOAlbert A. Benchimol was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of AXIS Capital Holdings Limited in May 2012 and has served as a director since January 2012. Mr. Benchimol joined the Company as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer in January 2011. He formerly served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of PartnerRe Ltd. from April 2000 through September 2010, and Chief Executive Officer of PartnerRe Ltd.’s Capital Markets Group business unit from June 2007 through September 2010. Prior to joining PartnerRe, Mr. Benchimol was Senior Vice President and Treasurer at Reliance Group Holdings, Inc. for 11 years and was previously with the Bank of Montreal from 1982 to 1989.
Conrad D. Brooks is General Counsel of AXIS Capital, where he has global oversight of legal, compliance and regulatory operations across all AXIS offices. Prior to his appointment to the role in January 2017, he served for nearly a decade as the company’s Corporate Counsel. Mr. Brooks joined AXIS from McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP (now Dentons), where he was a partner and served as practice team leader in the firm’s corporate and securities practice. A former officer in the United States Navy, Mr. Brooks graduated magna cum laude from the Georgia State University College of Law. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Illinois and earned a Master of Business Administration (Finance) from Old Dominion University.
CEO, AXIS Accident & HealthChristopher N. DiSipio has been Chief Executive Officer of AXIS Accident & Health since February 2009 and has served as an Executive Officer since September 2012. Mr. DiSipio develops and implements our Accident & Health strategy worldwide. He has 31 years of experience in the insurance industry, specifically in the Accident & Health business. Prior to joining AXIS, he had been with the Chubb Corporation since 1999, most recently as the Chief Operating Officer and Senior Vice President for Life, Accident & Health. Mr. DiSipio began his insurance career in 1984 as an underwriter with CNA Insurance Company, where he helped start and subsequently led the company’s International Accident & Health Division.
Chief Risk and Actuarial OfficerEric Gesick was appointed Chief Risk and Actuarial Officer in January 2015. From October 2012 through 2014, he led the Company’s actuarial function and oversaw all pricing and reserving activities. Mr. Gesick has over 20 years of experience in the insurance and reinsurance industry in the U.S., Bermuda and European markets including actuarial, underwriting and operational roles. Prior to joining AXIS in October 2012, he served as Chief Actuarial Officer for PartnerRe. Mr. Gesick is a Fellow of the Casualty Actuarial Society and a member of the Academy of Actuaries. He also holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) professional designation.
Chief Financial OfficerJoseph Henry joined AXIS Capital as Chief Financial Officer in June 2012. He previously had served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of XL Insurance since 2006. From 2003 to 2006, Mr. Henry was the Global Controller for XL Global Services and also served as the interim Corporate Controller for XL Capital from 2005 to 2006.
Prior to joining XL, he held various senior leadership positions at Meadowbrook Insurance Group including Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Henry began his career at KPMG where he became an Audit Partner before leaving to join the Hanover Insurance Companies as its Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer in 1987.
Chief Human Resource OfficerNoreen McMullan joined AXIS Capital as Chief Human Resources Officer in September 2014 and is responsible for Human Resources strategy and the delivery of human resources services worldwide. Ms. McMullan has over 26 years of leadership experience in corporate Human Resources for the financial services industry. Before joining AXIS, she served as Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer for FirstKey Holdings, a diversified specialty finance company. Prior to FirstKey, she led Human Resources at Bank of America’s Legacy Asset Services Group. Additionally, Ms. McMullan spent 13 years at Morgan Stanley in several different capacities, including Human Resources Lead for the C-level executives and their organizations, Chief Operations Officer for Global Human Resources and Head of Human Resources and Chief Administrative Officer for a Morgan Stanley subsidiary. Previously, she was with Citigroup from 1988 to 1998.
Chief Investment OfficerDavid Phillips joined AXIS Capital as Chief Investment Officer in April 2014. With more than 19 years experience in investments, Mr. Phillips previously served as Head of Investments for PartnerRe where he had management and asset allocation responsibilities for public fixed income, public equities, private equities, and alternative fixed income. Prior to PartnerRe, he was the Director of Research and a Portfolio Manager at Oppenheimer Capital, an institutional money manager based in New York City. Mr. Phillips is a CFA charter holder and received an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a BA from Princeton University.
Interim Chief Executive Officer, AXIS Re Jan Ekberg serves as Interim CEO of AXIS Re, previously serving as President and Chief Underwriting Officer of AXIS Re Europe. He has spent more than 40 years in the (re)insurance industry, with over 20 years of experience of managing underwriting business units. Mr. Ekberg joined AXIS Re Europe in 2004 shortly after its formation and has been integral to establishing AXIS Re Europe as a leading international reinsurer. During his tenure at AXIS, he has led the Property Risk team and the Engineering team. Before joining AXIS, Mr. Ekberg served in various underwriting and management positions at Nordisk Re in Copenhagen, Employers Re and GE Frankona in Munich. He spent the first nine years of his career in primary insurance.
Chief Operations OfficerRichard Strachan joined AXIS in April 2002. He is currently the Chief Operations Officer for the AXIS Group with responsibility for Ceded Reinsurance, Group Broker relationship management, Operations, IT, Facilities, Vendor management and Business continuity. Previously he served as Chief Operating Officer for AXIS Insurance and before that as Chief Claims Officer for the group. Based in Bermuda, he is a member of the AXIS Executive Committee and Group Reserving Committee. Mr. Strachan has over 30 years of experience in the insurance and reinsurance industry. Prior to joining AXIS, he managed claims for Syndicates 488 and 2488 at Lloyd's, initially with Charman Underwriting Agencies, then Tarquin PLC and latterly with ACE Global Markets.
Corporate Development OfficerLinda Ventresca has responsibility for investor relations and corporate development for AXIS. She joined the company as Vice President, Corporate Development in January 2003. Prior to joining AXIS, she was an investment associate at MMC Capital, Inc., where she worked extensively with AXIS as a portfolio company of the Trident II fund. Previously, she had been a member of the Financial Institutions Investment Banking Groups at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette and UBS Securities, LLC. Linda holds an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School and a B.S.E. in Bioengineering from the University of Pennsylvania.
CEO, AXIS InsurancePeter Wilson was appointed Chief Executive Officer of AXIS Insurance in April 2014. He joined AXIS in May 2013 as President of U.S. Insurance. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Wilson served as President and Chief Operating Officer for CNA Specialty, a unit of CNA Financial Corporation, which is focused on professional and management liability, healthcare, surety and other specialized insurance products and services. During his more than 20-year tenure with CNA Financial Corporation, Mr. Wilson served in a number of leadership positions and had management responsibility for a diverse group of business units operating both in the U.S. and internationally. Prior to CNA, he served as an Executive Vice President at AIG, where he managed AIG’s commercial public D&O business in the U.S.