• AXA names Claudio Gienal as new CEO of UK and Ireland

    July 9th 2018. Posted in Corporate

    AXA has appointed Claudio Gienal as Chief Executive of AXA UK and Ireland.

    • Claudio Gienal will take up the role of UK and Ireland Chief Executive on 1 September
    • Gienal joined AXA Group in 2017 as Chief Strategic Development Officer for European Markets
    • Gienal has also previously served as CEO of Zurich Life Switzerland and Chief Operating Officer at Zurich UK

    Gienal, who officially takes up his new role on 1 September, joins from AXA Group where he most recently served as Chief Strategic Development officer.

    As part of the role, Gienal will be responsible for implementing AXA's Ambition 2020 Strategy, as well as leading the executive team and having oversight of all the UK and Ireland business units.

    Gienal began his career at Accenture in 1998 before moving to McKinsey & Company in 2004. He has also held a number of senior roles at Zurich, including Chief Operating Officer for Zurich UK and CEO for Zurich Life Switzerland, after joining the insurer in 2008.

    “Claudio is a leader who brings focus and collaboration, a strong and straight forward approach and an understanding of our UK business. I am confident he is the right person to take the UK and Ireland business forward, to deliver on our Ambition 2020 strategy, which remains unchanged, and to shape with the Executive team our strategic focus up to 2025 and beyond.” [Scott Wheway, Chairman, AXA UK]

    “I am delighted to take up the role of CEO of AXA UK and Ireland and I can’t wait to get started. The UK business has a strong track record on innovation and is working hard to embrace the future of an ever-changing insurance industry.

    “The business also has a real focus on diversity and inclusion among its staff and wants to foster greater trust with its customers, two issues which are close to my heart. I am looking forward to working closely with the team and am excited about being part of its ongoing success.” [Claudio Gienal, CEO, AXA UK and Ireland]

    Gienal replaces outgoing UK and Ireland CEO Amanda Blanc. His appointment is subject to regulatory approval.

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