The AXIS Board of Directors reviews and approves the company's strategic direction.
Albert A. Benchimol
President and CEO
Albert 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. In January 2019, Mr. Benchimol assumed the role as Chair of the Association of Bermuda Insurers and Reinsurers, after serving as Vice-Chair from 2017 through 2018, and in February 2019, he was appointed as an External Member of the Council of Lloyd's.
Michael A. Butt
Chairman of the Board
Michael A. Butt has served as Chairman of the Board or a director since September 2002. Mr. Butt has over 50 years of insurance industry experience. From 1982 to 1986, Mr. Butt was the Chairman of Sedgwick Limited and Vice Chairman of the Sedgwick Group plc. From 1987 to 1992, Mr. Butt served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Eagle Star Holdings plc and Eagle Star Insurance Company. From 1993 to 1998, Mr. Butt was Chief Executive Officer and President of Mid Ocean Limited. From 1998 to August 2002, Mr. Butt was a director of XL Capital Ltd. Mr. Butt also is a former director of the Farmers Insurance Group, BAT Industries and Instituto Nazionale delle Assicuranzioni. Mr. Butt also was the Chairman of the Association of Bermuda Insurers and Reinsurers from January 2008 through December 2009. In 2011, Mr. Butt was appointed as an Officer of the Order of the British Empire to commemorate his distinguished contributions toward the building of the Bermuda reinsurance industry and in 2019 was named by the International Insurance Society as its 2019 Insurance Hall of Fame Laureate.
Charles A. Davis
Charles A. Davis has served as a director since our inception. Since June 2005, Mr. Davis has been a member and the Chief Executive Officer of Stone Point Capital LLC (“Stone Point”). From 1998 until May 2005, he was with MMC Capital, Inc., a subsidiary of Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc., serving as the Chief Executive Officer from 1999 to 2005 and Chairman from 2002 to 2005. He also served as a Vice Chairman of Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc. from 1999 to November 2004. Prior to joining MMC Capital in 1998, Mr. Davis spent 23 years at Goldman, Sachs & Co., where, among other positions, he served as head of Investment Banking Services worldwide, head of the Financial Services Industry Group, a General Partner, a Senior Director and a Limited Partner. Mr. Davis also is a director of The Hershey Company and The Progressive Corporation.
Anne Melissa Dowling
Anne Melissa Dowling joined our Board in January 2020. She previously served as Director of Insurance for the State of Illinois from 2015 to 2017 and as Deputy Commissioner of Insurance for the State of Connecticut from 2011 to 2015. Ms. Dowling previously held executive management roles in the areas of investments, treasury, strategic planning, marketing and governance at Massachusetts Mutual Financial Group, Connecticut Mutual Life Insurance Company, Travelers Insurance Company and at Aetna Life & Casualty where she began her career in 1982. She currently serves on the boards of Prosperity Life Group and Insurance Capital Group and serves as an advisory board member for Life Epigenetics and Carpe Data. She is a former director of Spectranetics Corporation. Ms. Dowling received an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School and a B.A. from Amherst College. She holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation.
Robert L. Friedman
Robert L. Friedman has served as a director since our inception. Since July 2012, Mr. Friedman has been a Senior Advisor of The Blackstone Group L.P. ("Blackstone"). From February 1999 to June 2012, he was a Senior Managing Director of that firm, and from January 2003 to August 2010 he was also its Chief Legal Officer. Prior to joining Blackstone, Mr. Friedman was a partner at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP for 25 years, where he served as a senior member of that law firm's mergers and acquisitions practice. Mr. Friedman is Chairman of the Board of Harrington Reinsurance Holdings Limited and serves as a director of YRC Worldwide Inc.
Christopher V. Greetham
Christopher V. Greetham has served as a director since October 2006. From 1996 to 2006, he served as Chief Investment Officer of XL Capital Ltd. From 1982 to 1996, Mr. Greetham was Chief Financial Officer of OIL Insurance Ltd. and President of OIL Investment Corporation Ltd. Between 1975 and 1982, Mr. Greetham served as an investment analyst and a portfolio manager at Bankers Trust Company.
Elanor R. Hardwick
Elanor R. Hardwick has served as a director since November 2018. Ms. Hardwick serves as Chief Digital Officer of UBS, leading the bank's innovation and digitization activities across all business lines and functions globally. From 2016 to 2018, Ms. Hardwick served as Head of Innovation of Deutsche Bank, leading innovation across business lines and functions globally and supporting the company's digital strategy development. Previously, she was Chief Executive Officer of Credit Benchmark Ltd., a FinTech start-up and provider of credit risk data, leading the company from its foundation in 2012. Prior to that, Ms. Hardwick held a succession of senior leadership positions at Thomson Reuters, including Global Head of Strategy, Investment and Advisory; Global Head of Professional Publishing; and Head of Strategy for Europe and Asia. Ms. Hardwick has also worked at Morgan Stanley International, Booz-Allen & Hamilton and the United Kingdom's Department of Trade and Industry. She earned an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and an M.A. from the University of Cambridge.
Maurice A. Keane
Maurice A. Keane has served as a director since September 2002. Mr. Keane formerly was the Group Chief Executive Officer of the Bank of Ireland, a position he held from 1998 until 2002. He was Deputy Group Chief Executive Officer from 1991 through 1997, having been a Managing Director since 1983. He was a member of the National Pension Reserve Fund Commission from February 2007 until December 2014. He served as a director of Irish Bank Resolution Corporation Limited (formerly Anglo Irish Bank Corporation Limited) from the time of its nationalization in January 2009 until February 2013.
Thomas C. Ramey
Thomas C. Ramey was elected as a director in July 2009. Mr. Ramey was Chairman and President of Liberty International, a wholly owned subsidiary of Liberty Mutual Group, from 1997 to 2009. He also served as Executive Vice President of Liberty Mutual Group from 1995 through 2009. Prior to joining Liberty, he was President and Chief Executive Officer of American International Healthcare, a subsidiary of AIG, and founder and President of an international healthcare trading company. He is currently a trustee of the Brookings Institution. Mr. Ramey was formerly a Director of The Warranty Group, the International Insurance Society, the Coalition of Services Industries and Chairman of the International Fund for Animal Welfare. He was also formerly a member of the Chongqing, China Mayor's International Advisory Council.
Henry B. Smith
Henry B. Smith has served as a director since May 2004. Mr. Smith served as the Chief Executive Officer and President of W.P. Stewart & Co., Ltd. from May 2005 to March 2006. Mr. Smith is the former Chief Executive Officer of the Bank of Bermuda Limited, a position he held from March 1997 until March 2004. He joined the Bank of Bermuda in 1973 as a management trainee and held various senior positions within the Bank of Bermuda, including Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer, Executive Vice President, Europe and Senior Vice President and General Manager, Retail Banking.
Barbara A. Yastine
Barbara A. Yastine has served as a director since July 2018. Ms. Yastine previously served as Chair, President and Chief Executive Officer of Ally Bank from March 2012 to September 2015, and as Chief Administrative Officer of Ally Financial, overseeing the risk, compliance, legal and technology areas, and Chair of Ally Bank, from May 2010 to March 2012. Prior to joining Ally Financial, she served as a Principal of Southgate Alternative Investments, a start-up diversified alternative asset manager, beginning in June 2007. She served as Chief Financial Officer for investment bank Credit Suisse First Boston from October 2002 to August 2004. From 1987 through 2002, Ms. Yastine worked at Citigroup and its predecessor companies. Ms. Yastine also served as a director and Co-Chief Executive Officer of Lebenthal Holdings, LLC from September 2015 to June 2016. Ms. Yastine currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of First Data Corporation, Primerica Inc. and Zions Bancorporation. She received a B.A. in Journalism and an M.B.A. from New York University.
Wilhelm Zeller was elected as a director in July 2009. From 1996 to June 2009, Mr. Zeller served as the Chairman of the Executive Board of Hannover Re. Prior to joining Hannover Re, he was a member of the Executive Board of Cologne Re from 1977 through 1995. In 1995, he was also a member of the Executive Council of General Re Corporation, the new principal shareholder of Cologne Re. From 1970 through 1977, Mr. Zeller served as the head of the Casualty Department and International Department Non-Life at Zurich Insurance Company. A NACD board leadership fellow, he currently is a corporate director and consultant, serving as a director of EIS Group Ltd. and Willis Towers Watson.
Lizabeth H. Zlatkus
Lizabeth H. Zlatkus was appointed as a director in March 2019. Until her retirement from The Hartford Financial Services Group, Ms. Zlatkus held many senior leadership positions during her tenure from 1983 to 2011 including Chief Financial Officer and Chief Risk Officer of the firm and Co-President of Hartford Life Insurance Companies. She also served as Executive Vice President of two of The Hartford's largest divisions, the international operations and the group life and disability divisions. Ms. Zlatkus currently serves as a director on the boards of Indivior PLC and Boston Private Financial Holdings, Inc. and sits on the Pennsylvania State University Business School Board, where she also served as Chair from 2012 to 2015, and is a member of The Connecticut Science Center Trustee Board, serving on its executive committee since 2012. Additionally, Ms. Zlatkus was formerly a director of Legal & General Group, Plc and Computer Sciences Corporation. She also previously served as Regulatory Chair for the North American Chief Risk Officers Council, as a member on the Hewlett Packard Financial Services Board of Advisors, as a member of the LOMA Board of Directors and as Trustee of the Connecticut Women's Hall of Fame.
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