AXA XL in France boosts specialty capabilities with two key appointments
Paris - March 04, 2021
AXA XL Insurance today announced it has appointed Mathieu de Roquemaurel as Underwriting Manager, Specialty and Daphné de Marolles as Underwriting Manager, Art & Specie and Private Clients for its operations in France.
As Underwriting Manager, Specialty, a newly created role, Mr. Roquemaurel will be responsible for the following businesses lines in France:
Accident & Health
Art & Specie and Private Clients
Crisis Management & Security Risks
Political Risk, Credit & Bond
Commenting on this appointment, Julien Guénot, Country Leader, France at AXA XL, said: “Over the last five years, our clients have increasingly been seeking locally underwritten coverage for their specialty needs. We have grown our capabilities in the French market by adding crisis management and security risks to our suite of solutions. Mathieu will be leading our go-to-market approach for these lines of business to better support our clients and brokers.”
Yannick Daucourt, Chief Underwriting Officer, Specialty, APAC & Europe at AXA XL, added: “Mathieu’s experience of working with regional brokers and across AXA Group’s entities positions him ideally to manage our specialty businesses while expanding our distribution opportunities for these lines of business. I’m delighted that he has joined our team.”
Ms. Marolles will be responsible for the management of AXA XL’s Art & Specie and Private Clients portfolio in France. In that role, she will also develop solutions for private and public art institutions, private and corporate collectors, as well as art professionals.
Commenting on Ms. Marolles’ appointment, Julien Guénot, said: “France is Europe’s largest market for art. In 2019, it was ahead of Germany, Italy and Switzerland with over 80,000 artworks sold, representing EUR 681 million. The COVID-19 pandemic has had an impact on sales, but it has also accelerated the digitization of the sector with the development of virtual exhibitions and online auctions. As a longtime art insurer and supporter of the arts we want to work with our clients through this crisis but also enable them to embrace innovation.”
Hans Laenen, Product Leader, Fine Art & Specie and Private Clients, APAC & Europe, added: “Daphne’s knowledge of the art market makes her an ideal candidate to lead our Fine Art & Specie business and work with our specialized brokers to bring tailor-made solutions to our France-based clients.”
Mr. Roquemaurel joined AXA Group in 2010 as an auditor before joining AXA Entreprises in 2014. He then became Head of Business Development, Large P&C Brokers at AXA France and joined AXA XL in 2017 as Client Distribution Leader.
Ms. Marolles has over 20 years’ experience in insurance. She joined AXA Group in 1997 as a claims handler for Direct Assurance. She later joined AXA Art, first as a Middle Office manager and then as an underwriter. She later became Senior Underwriter, Private at AXA XL.
Accident & Health and PRCB remain the responsibility, respectively, of Isabel Schenone and Eric Zandvliet.