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AXA XL promotes Gazzard to E&O Product Line Leader, Professional Lines

11th October 2022 - Author: Jack Willard

AXA XL has promoted Mike Gazzard to the role of Senior Vice President and E&O Product Line Leader of its Bermuda Insurance Professional Lines Team.

AXA logoWithin this role he will report to Matthew Irvine, AXA XL’s Bermuda Professional Lines Chief Underwriting Officer.

Gazzard, who has been with AXA XL since 2019, previously served as a Vice President and Senior Underwriter. Within his new role he will be responsible for managing and setting the Bermuda Professional Lines Team’s Errors & Omissions insurance portfolio strategy.

At the same time, he has underwriting authority for multiple professional lines products including Directors and Officers (D&O), Employment Practices Liability (EPL) and Wage & Hour (W&H).

Gazzard’s underwriting career spans over eight years, where he has primarily been focusing on Fortune 1000 companies and professional service firms.

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Prior to joining AXA XL, Gazzard was a Professional Liability underwriter at Liberty Specialty Markets. During this role. he was involved in the underwriting of UK and US E&O and D&O business.

Addressing Gazzard’s promotion, Irvine said: “Since joining AXA XL, Mike has played a critical role in strategically strengthening our E&O portfolio and advancing our Professional Lines market leadership position. His commitment to enhancing relationships with brokers and clients, especially during the past two challenging years of the pandemic, has been extremely valuable and is commendable.”

Patrick Tannock, CEO of AXA XL’s Bermuda Insurance Operations, added: “Mike is certainly an asset to our Professional Lines business which is one of the largest and longest providers of E&O in the Bermuda market. Our position as a market leader is not fortuitous. It is the result of our commitment to attracting, developing, and advancing talent at all levels of the organization while cultivating a culture that is collaborative, inclusive and innovative which allows us to be user friendly and solution-oriented in meeting the needs of our clients.”

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