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AXA XL bolsters French operations with two key appointments

March 05, 2021

AXA XL has announced the appointments of Mathieu de Roquemaurel as underwriting manager, specialty and Daphné de Marolles as underwriting manager, Art & Specie and Private Clients for its operations in France.

In the newly created role, Roquemaurel will be responsible for the following lines of business in France:

  • Accident & Health
  • Art & Specie and Private Clients
  • Crisis Management & Security Risks
  • Political Risk, Credit & Bond

Marolles will have the responsibility for managing AXA XL’s Art & Specie and Private Clients portfolio in France as well as developing solutions for private and public art institutions, private and corporate collectors, and art professionals.

Roquemaurel joined AXA Group in 2010 as an auditor before joining AXA Enterprises in 2014. He later became head of business development, Large P&C Brokers at AXA France and joined AXA XL in 2017 as client distribution leader.

Additionally, Marolles has over two decades of insurance experience. She joined AXA Group in 1997 as a claims handler for Direct Assurance and later joined AXA Art as a middle office manager and then as an underwriter. She then became senior underwriter, private at AXA XL.

Julien Guénot, country leader, France at AXA XL, said: “Over the last five years, our clients have increasingly been seeking locally underwritten coverage for their specialty needs. We have grown our capabilities in the French market by adding crisis management and security risks to our suite of solutions. Mathieu will be leading our go-to-market approach for these lines of business to better support our clients and brokers.”

Yannick Daucourt, chief underwriting officer, Specialty, APAC & Europe at AXA XL, added: “Mathieu’s experience of working with regional brokers and across AXA Group’s entities positions him ideally to manage our specialty businesses while expanding our distribution opportunities for these lines of business. I’m delighted that he has joined our team.”

Commenting on Marolles’ appointment, Julien Guénot, said: “France is Europe’s largest market for art. In 2019, it was ahead of Germany, Italy and Switzerland with over 80,000 artworks sold, representing EUR 681 million. The COVID-19 pandemic has had an impact on sales, but it has also accelerated the digitization of the sector with the development of virtual exhibitions and online auctions. As a long time art insurer and supporter of the arts we want to work with our clients through this crisis but also enable them to embrace innovation.”

Hans Laenen, product leader, Fine Art & Specie and Private Clients, APAC & Europe, added: “Daphne’s knowledge of the art market makes her an ideal candidate to lead our Fine Art & Specie business and work with our specialized brokers to bring tailor-made solutions to our France-based clients.”