AXA XL Announces Key Leadership Appointments in Aerospace Underwriting

AXA XL1 INSURANCE | January 11, 2022

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AXA XL has appointed Thisiani Matsumura-Martins as Global Chief Underwriting Officer, Aerospace. Effective April 1st and based in Sao Paulo,  she will report to Nancy Bewlay, Global Chief Underwriting Officer and work closely with the Regional Business Units to develop and assess underwriting strategic direction and profitability for Aerospace.

"Thisiani brings a wealth of technical and market-facing experience. She is a seasoned regional leader prepared to support the Aerospace team in product development, innovation and client and broker engagement across all geographies and markets,"

- Ms. Bewlay.

Ms. Matsumura-Martins brings 27 years of experience in the insurance and reinsurance industry. She has previously worked at Allianz and Liberty, and as an underwriter in a variety of business lines including Aerospace, Property, Construction, Marine, Personal Accident and Life. She first joined AXA XL  in 2014 as Technical Director for Brazil and was later appointed as Chief of Staff for Latin America. Currently, she serves as the interim Regional Leader for AXA XL in Latin America and Country Manager for Brazil where she is co-leading the integration of AXA's operations in the country.

Additionally, Tom Callahan has been promoted to Global Head of Underwriting Management and CUO of Aviation. Based in New York, Mr. Callahan will be reporting to Ms. Matsumura-Martins.

Mr. Callahan has been a member of the Aerospace team at AXA XL since 2006, most recently serving as the Global Head of Underwriting Management. In his new role, he will have increased responsibility and management of the technical underwriting strategy for Aviation.

Mr. Callahan has more than three decades experience in the business, having worked across all areas of the aerospace insurance and reinsurance sector. He holds a degree in finance from Manhattan College and an MBA from Pace University.

AXA XL¹, the property & casualty and specialty risk division of AXA, provides insurance and risk management products and services for mid-sized companies through to large multinationals, and reinsurance solutions to insurance companies globally. We partner with those who move the world forward. 

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