AXIS brings in industry veteran as head of underwriting

The firm’s latest hire boasts 22 years of experience from AIG

AXIS brings in industry veteran as head of underwriting

Insurance News

By Ryan Smith

AXIS Capital Holdings has announced the appointment of Robert Quane as head of underwriting and portfolio optimisation. In that role, Quane will be responsible for leading the company’s group underwriting function while working in partnership with its business segments, AXIS said.

Quane’s responsibilities will include establishing and maintaining the company’s group-wide underwriting framework, guidelines and policies and overseeing its portfolio optimisation process. Quane will also manage the company’s group-wide exposure-management and underwriting risk frameworks and chair its peril/product boards. He will be based in AXIS’s New York office and will report to Eric Gesick, group chief underwriting officer.

“Bob is a proven global insurance leader with extensive underwriting experience spanning a range of business lines across multiple international markets,” Gesick said. “Working alongside the leadership in our business segments, Bob’s experience and expertise will be key to helping us shape and implement a more rigorous and disciplined approach to underwriting risk management.”

Prior to joining AXIS, Quane spent 22 years at AIG, where he held several underwriting management and actuarial positions, most recently as head of global commercial property. He also served as AIG’s head of global group personal insurance and chief operating officer for international personal lines. He worked in AIG’s New York, Paris, London, and Frankfurt offices, in roles including head of European commercial lines auto and head of regional risk management for the IK and Ireland. Quane started his insurance career in actuarial roles at Allstate Insurance.

Quane is a fellow of the Casualty Actuarial Society and a member of the American Academy of Actuaries and the Actuarial Advisory Board at the University of Illinois.


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