AXIS Insurance, the specialty insurance business segment of AXIS Capital Holdings, has announced the hiring of three lead underwriters for its US cyber and technology team. Ashley Sales has been named Southeast regional underwriting manager, and will be based in Alpharetta, Ga. Jonah Papesh has been appointed West Coast regional underwriting manager and will be based in San Francisco. Eric Allen, who has been named underwriting manager, will be based in New York.
Sales and Papesh will be responsible for underwriting profitability, portfolio management and the execution of underwriting strategy for the Southeast and West Coast regions, respectively. Allen will work across all AXIS Insurance US cyber and technology products, focusing on distribution relationships and the execution of underwriting strategy, the company said.
“We continue to position our US cyber and technology business for strategic growth that is built around underwriting excellence and a deep understanding of our clients’ needs,” said Eric Seyfried, head of cyber US open market for AXIS Insurance. “The underwriting experience and leadership of Ashley, Jonah and Eric, combined with their years of experience in the US cyber market, will be instrumental in helping our brokers and clients navigate the evolving cyber-threat landscape.”
Prior to joining AXIS, Sales served as an assistant regional underwriting manager for cyber and technology at AIG. She previously held senior underwriter and underwriter positions at AIG, working in professional and cyber liability.
Prior to joining AXIS, Allen served as vice president and team lead for cyber and technology underwriting at Chubb. He has also served as an underwriting specialist at Liberty International Underwriters.
AXIS Insurance also announced the addition of three senior underwriters to its US cyber and technology team. Nina Pappas and Matthew Jeske will be based in Chicago, while Melissa Steinmetz will be based in Los Angeles.