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AXA XL gives permanent role to interim head of construction

AXA XL gives permanent role to interim head of construction | Insurance Business UK

AXA XL gives permanent role to interim head of construction

AXA XL has promoted Al Baker (pictured above) to head of construction, UK and Lloyd’s market – a role he has held on an interim basis since September.

Baker is responsible for leading the insurer’s construction business for the UK & Lloyd’s market and driving its strategic, profitable development.

Baker has extensive experience in distribution and construction. He joined Carillion PLC in 2002 as an engineer and undertook various engineering and construction roles while gaining chartered status. He joined AXA Matrix Risk Consultants as a construction risk consultant in 2010, before moving to Paris with AXA Corporate Solutions as global infrastructure practice leader in 2015. In 2019, he joined AXA XL, where he was promoted several times before assuming his current position.

“Al is already a valued member of the senior construction team, and I’m delighted that he’ll be taking on responsibility for leading our UK construction business,” said Anish Jadav, AXA XL’s chief underwriting officer, retail P&C, UK & Lloyd’s. “Al has been with AXA since 2010, so has built up a solid reputation within the business, in addition to a wealth of industry knowledge. He’s exceptionally well-placed to help us deliver on our goals as we look to profitably grow our UK construction business and continue to provide our clients with the superior level of service that they’re accustomed to.”

Baker has a postgraduate diploma in business management from Aston Business School and a bachelor of engineering in civil engineering with architecture from the University of Leeds. He was also a mentor for three cohorts of Lloyd’s Lab Insurtech start-ups.