Robson to retire as AXIS Global Markets Head of Underwriting

AXIS Capital has announced that Alistair Robson, Head of Underwriting for AXIS Global Markets, and Chief Underwriting Officer (CUO) of AXIS Managing Agency, has decided to retire. The company has confirmed that he will leave AXIS at the end of June 2024 after 13 years of service with the firm, and a 39-year career in the insurance sector.

Robson joined the company in 2011, taking on the role of Executive Vice President and Head of Global Property, also serving as the first Active Underwriter of Lloyd’s Syndicate 1686.

Later on, he was then promoted to CUO of the International division and AXIS Managing Agency, before assuming his current role upon the formation of Global Markets in 2023.

Moreover, Robson’s decision to retire has brought on a series of promotions within Global Markets that will come into effect on July 1, 2024.

These include:
• Rory MacGregor, Head of Non-Marine, who has been promoted to Head of Underwriting, Global Markets, reporting to Mark Gregory, Head of AXIS Global Markets
• Steve Cross, Head of Construction, who has been promoted to Head of Non-Marine, Global Markets, continuing to report to MacGregor
• Anna Woolley, Senior Construction Underwriter, who has been promoted to Head of Construction, Global Markets, continuing to report to Cross

Gregory, commented: “Alistair has been a driving force in establishing Global Markets as a powerful revenue generator for AXIS. Among Alistair’s considerable contributions to AXIS have been his integral role in the founding of Syndicate 1686 in 2014, the merger of the AXIS and Novae underwriting operations from 2017, putting in place a rigorous performance management regime, the regulatory approval of AXIS Managing Agency, and, more recently, the launch of AXIS Energy Transition Syndicate 2050.”

AXIS Capital noted that Robson will work with the Global Markets leadership to ensure a smooth transition of his roles.

“We thank Alistair for his leadership and contribution to AXIS and the wider industry, and congratulate Rory, Steve, and Anna on their well-deserved promotions,” Gregory added.

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