Claudio Gienal, CEO AXA UK and Ireland

Claudio as Chief Executive Officer, has responsibility for oversight of all AXA’s business activities in the UK and Ireland. He’s been in role since September 2018 and previously served as Chief Strategic Officer for the AXA Group.

A Swiss national, he began his career as a management consultant, working for Accenture and later McKinsey & Company. He entered the insurance industry in 2008 by joining Zurich, where he held a number of senior positions including Chief Strategy Officer for Zurich Group and CEO of the Zurich Life Insurance Company.

Claudio has a master’s degree in environmental engineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, he speaks five languages and is a council member of the British-Swiss Chamber of Commerce. In addition to his role at AXA, he is Vice Chair of the Board for the Swiss insurance start-up, JAROWA and is a member of the Advisory Board for the AXA Research Fund. He also attends and is a member of the University of Oxford Vice-Chancellor’s Circle, as part of his work with the AXA Research Fund.