31 January 2023Insurance

AXA XL bolsters UK and Lloyd’s marine unit with senior hire

Re/insurer  AXA XL has tapped a senior marine risk consultant for its UK and Lloyd’s business to support underwriters risk selection and assessment and its growth ambitions in the region.

Diego Cerquenich (pictured) has been appointed senior risk consultant, marine, UK & Lloyd’s, where he will work with AXA XL’s marine underwriting team to further develop risk consultancy capabilities for clients and brokers. He will report to Chris McGuire, head of risk consulting, UK & Lloyd’s while also working closely with Pascal Matthey, chief risk Consulting officer, marine.

As a Master Mariner, Capt. Cerquenich has extensive maritime and shipping knowledge, including command experience on dry bulk cargo vessels. In 2014, he turned his specialist skills to marine consultancy, focusing on investigating naval accident/incident, marine advice and charter party disputes as an expert witness and marine warranty surveyor.

Sundeep Khera, global chief underwriting officer, marine hull and head of marine, UK & Lloyd’s, AXA XL, said: “Our risk consultants play a vital role in helping to guide our clients by providing market leading risk consulting services, while at the same time, supporting our underwriters’ risk selection and assessment.

“Diego’s valuable seafaring and marine warranty surveying experience, coupled with his loss prevention guidance, will bolster our already strong UK Marine team, supporting our growth ambitions in the region and enhancing our risk management offering to clients. I’m delighted to welcome Diego to the team.”

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