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Axa XL names three new CUOs

Donnacha Smyth, Eric Donofrio, Michelle Chia

Axa XL, a unit of Axa SA, Monday named chief underwriting officers for casualty, specialty and cyber coverages within its newly created large commercial business unit.

Donnacha Smyth, based in Bermuda, was named CUO, casualty, responsible for primary and excess casualty business in the Americas.

Eric Donofrio, based in New York, was named CUO, specialty, including aviation, ocean marine, political risk, trade credit and commercial bond business.

Michelle Chia, based in New York, was named CUO of Axa XL’s cyber, design professional and select professional businesses in the Americas.

Mr. Smyth previously managed the excess casualty book of business in the Americas; Mr. Donofrio previously was CUO for aviation in the Americas; and Ms. Chia previously was CUO for cyber in the Americas.

Michele Sansone, based in New York, retains her current role as  CUO, property, including primary and quota share commercial property insurance programs, in addition to equipment breakdown coverage. She will also lead the multinational team.

All four CUOs report to Donna Nadeau who was recently named head of large commercial as part of a restructuring of Axa XL’s insurance underwriting operations in the Americas.

Axa XL also announced that Maria Duhart, previously CUO, specialty niche insurance, was appointed head of U.S.-East zone for its Americas-based client and distribution team.

June Dwyer was named head of broker relations, large commercial and mid-market. Ms. Dwyer previously was senior vice president at Axa XL.

Ms. Duhart and Ms. Dwyer report to Matt O’Malley, chief client and distribution officer in the Americas.