Laurent Matras appointed Managing Director of AXA Personal Lines Intermediary

Laurent Matras, former Managing Director of Groupama Insurances, has returned to AXA as Managing Director of AXA’s personal lines intermediary division.

27 January 2014

Posted in People

by Daniel O’Byrne (see media contact)

Laurent will be responsible for setting and executing the Personal Lines Intermediary strategy with ultimate accountability for underwriting and distribution.

He will have a particular focus on delivering the existing strategy of enhancing and developing AXA’s non-standard proposition and securing greater penetration of the regional broking community.

Laurent returns to AXA where he held a variety of roles in an eight-year stint including two years as Head of Personal Lines Underwriting and nearly three years as Finance Director.

In addition, Karen Hogg will assume a new role of Director of Strategic Partnerships with responsibility for the management and development of AXA’s large personal lines broker relationships.

Commenting on the appointments, Amanda Blanc, CEO, AXA Commercial Lines and Personal Intermediary, said: “It goes without saying that I am delighted to have secured the services of Laurent.

“His knowledge and expertise in underwriting in the non-standard market is second to none and when an individual of his calibre becomes available, you don’t take long to think about getting him on board.

“It is an absolute pleasure to welcome Laurent back particularly as he is an old member of the AXA family and he brings strong actuarial and pricing capabilities to this enhanced role which, with the advent of data enrichment and insurer hosted pricing, will be a key aspect in our ability to deliver upon our ambitions to lead this market.

“His appointment brings a new dynamic to my leadership team and has allowed us to create a new role in which Karen will continue to develop the excellent growth in strategic trading relationships that we have experienced over the last year.”

Commenting on his appointment, Matras said: “It’s great to be returning to AXA as it is a company I know well and I look forward to working with and contributing to Amanda’s already formidable team. AXA has a huge opportunity in the intermediated personal lines market and the primary aim is to replicate the achievements of the commercial lines business and I have every confidence we will do that.

“I very much look forward to working with Karen and the rest of the Personal Lines Intermediary team in the delivery of this strategy.”

Blanc added: “I am very pleased to have retained Karen’s skills in her new role. Strategic brokers account for a huge chunk of our personal lines GWP and Karen has shown throughout her time at AXA that she is the right person to be managing this part of the business.”

Laurent assumes his role 10 February.