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AXIS Re announces three key leadership promotions

14th July 2021 - Author: Charlie Wood

AXIS Re, the reinsurance business segment of AXIS Capital, today announced the promotion of three key staff members, including Simon Stirnemann to Head of EMEA LatAm Casualty.

axis-capital-logoStirnemann has been with AXIS more than 15 years, working in the Singapore and Zurich offices, and has held liability and casualty underwriting roles within AXIS Re.

He most recently served as a Strategic Account Executive and continues to be based in Zurich, reporting to Andy Hottinger, President of AXIS Re’s International Division.

“Simon is an excellent addition to the EMEA LatAm team, and brings extensive expertise in multinational casualty as well as broader multiline experience from his previous role,” said Hottinger. “He is ideally positioned to lead the EMEA LatAm Casualty team.”

AXIS Re also announced the promotions of Allison Janisch to Global Head of Casualty, Reinsurance Product Lead and Rich Phillips to Global A&H Product Lead.


These newly-created positions within the Reinsurance Products Division, led by Chief Underwriting Officer Katie Partington Howarth, are designed to enhance coordination of these lines of business across the reinsurance segment and will work in close partnership with existing business units.

In her new full-time role, Janisch is responsible for informing the global underwriting approach for all lines of casualty business, encouraging consistency and coordination across AXIS Re.

She has more than 28 years of casualty experience and most recently served as AXIS Re Head of EMEA LatAm Casualty, a role she started in 2011.

Prior to joining AXIS, Janisch was the Head of Global Casualty for Paris Re and AXA Re.

Phillips has been appointed Global Head of A&H Product in addition to his role as Head of US Reinsurance, AXIS A&H.

In his new global product lead role, Phillips will work with Partington Howarth to drive underwriting consistency globally for the A&H Reinsurance business.

“These newly-established roles are an enhancement of AXIS Re’s capabilities, further strengthen AXIS Re’s global product leadership in the areas of Casualty and A&H, and speak to the career opportunities available within AXIS Re,” said Partington Howarth.

“They, along with the recent appointments of Ann Haugh as Head of Global Property and Jon Gray as Head of Specialties, build on AXIS Re’s recent drive to strengthen global product leadership.

“Both Allison and Rich bring the technical acumen, market intelligence, and leadership experience needed to drive a responsive, intelligent and profitable portfolio.”

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