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MORGAN SHRUBB Head of terrorism, crisis management & special risks, Americas

Axa XL, a unit of Axa SA


Morgan Shrubb, a graduate of the University of Georgia’s program in international affairs and a longtime swimmer, was working as underwriting assistant at Hiscox Ltd. when a serendipitous moonlighting gig as a swim instructor for the children of the insurance company’s head of terrorism led her to a role with that unit. The individual noticed her background in international studies and thought she’d make a good fit for the team. She joined Axa XL in 2019.


What’s your advice on navigating the current insurance market?

It’s important to find a mentor to help you navigate the environment. I wouldn’t be where I am today without mentors. It’s important to network and meet people outside of your organization. The industry is so big, but it’s small; you will end up working with people you worked with in the past, coming full circle. Keep your network open. Keep your old contacts intact.


What’s a problem that needs fixing in your sector?

The first thing that comes to mind are the diversity and inclusion initiatives. I hope these initiatives move forward. Getting more women in leadership is important.


What should the industry do to attract more young people to work in it?

Education. Insurance is a hidden gem in the business and finance world. Insurance is often overlooked in business majors. If we spend time educating college students and exposing them to the insurance industry, that is the best way to get new talent.


Favorite hobby or pastime?

I am into tennis. I am a member of a women’s tennis team. We play in the spring and fall, and I play mixed doubles with my husband in the summer.


What did you want to be when you grew up?

I wanted to work in the CIA or the FBI.