Albert A. Benchimol
President and CEO
Albert A. Benchimol was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of AXIS Capital Holdings Limited in May 2012 and has served as a director since January 2012. Mr. Benchimol joined the Company as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer in January 2011. He formerly served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of PartnerRe Ltd. from April 2000 through September 2010, and Chief Executive Officer of PartnerRe Ltd.’s Capital Markets Group business unit from June 2007 through September 2010. Prior to joining PartnerRe, Mr. Benchimol was Senior Vice President and Treasurer at Reliance Group Holdings, Inc. for 11 years and was previously with the Bank of Montreal from 1982 to 1989. In January 2019, Mr. Benchimol assumed the role as Chair of the Association of Bermuda Insurers and Reinsurers, after serving as Vice-Chair from 2017 through 2018, and in February 2019, he was appointed as an External Member of the Council of Lloyd’s.
CEO, AXIS Reinsurance
Steve Arora joined AXIS in January 2018 as CEO of its reinsurance business. Mr. Arora came to AXIS from Swiss Re where he spent 18 years in a variety of senior positions, most recently as Head of Casualty Reinsurance and as a member of the Reinsurance Executive Committee. He has held positions in New York, Munich, London, Tokyo and Zurich, and his expertise crosses Finance, Risk Management, Underwriting, and General Management. In his most recent role at Swiss Re, Mr. Arora led a 250 person organization that spanned the Company’s global network of offices. Previously he served as President and Managing Director of Swiss Re Japan, where he had oversight of the Company’s entire Japanese platform. Mr. Arora held multiple positions at GE Insurance Solutions prior to its acquisition by Swiss Re.
CEO, AXIS Insurance
Peter Wilson was appointed Chief Executive Officer of AXIS Insurance in April 2014. He joined AXIS in May 2013 as President of U.S. Insurance. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Wilson served as President and Chief Operating Officer for CNA Specialty, a unit of CNA Financial Corporation, which is focused on professional and management liability, healthcare, surety and other specialized insurance products and services. During his more than 20-year tenure with CNA Financial Corporation, Mr. Wilson served in a number of leadership positions and had management responsibility for a diverse group of business units operating both in the U.S. and internationally. Prior to CNA, he served as an Executive Vice President at AIG, where he managed AIG’s commercial public D&O business in the U.S.
Peter Vogt was appointed Chief Financial Officer of AXIS Capital in January 2018. He previously served as the Company’s Deputy CFO, and was also Chief Operating Officer of AXIS Insurance from 2013 to June 2017. Mr. Vogt joined AXIS in 2010 as CFO and COO of the Company’s Accident & Health business unit. Prior to AXIS, Mr. Vogt served as CFO of Penn Mutual Life Insurance Company. He also held the CFO role at CIGNA’s Group Insurance business. Mr. Vogt started his career at Hartford Life Insurance Company where, over nearly 14 years, he held a series of actuarial roles and eventually led sales, marketing and product development for its corporate retirement business. Mr. Vogt holds a BBA in Actuarial Science from Temple University and is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries and a Member of the American Academy of Actuaries.
Conrad D. Brooks
Conrad D. Brooks is General Counsel of AXIS Capital, where he has global oversight of legal, compliance and regulatory operations across all AXIS offices. Prior to his appointment to the role in January 2017, he served for nearly a decade as the company’s Corporate Counsel. Mr. Brooks joined AXIS from McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP (now Dentons), where he was a partner and served as practice team leader in the firm’s corporate and securities practice. A former officer in the United States Navy, Mr. Brooks graduated magna cum laude from the Georgia State University College of Law. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Illinois and earned a Master of Business Administration (Finance) from Old Dominion University.
Group Chief Underwriting Officer
Eric Gesick was appointed Group Chief Underwriting Officer in January 2018. From January 2015 through 2017, he was AXIS’ Chief Risk and Actuarial Officer. Prior to that, Mr. Gesick led the Company’s actuarial function and oversaw all pricing and reserving activities. Mr. Gesick has more than 20 years of experience in the insurance and reinsurance industry in the U.S., Bermuda and European markets, including actuarial, underwriting and operational roles. Prior to joining AXIS in October 2012, he served as Chief Actuarial Officer for PartnerRe. Mr. Gesick is a Fellow of the Casualty Actuarial Society and a member of the Academy of Actuaries. He also holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) professional designation.
Chief Human Resource Officer
Noreen McMullan joined AXIS Capital as Chief Human Resources Officer in September 2014 and is responsible for Human Resources strategy and the delivery of human resources services worldwide. Ms. McMullan has over 26 years of leadership experience in corporate Human Resources for the financial services industry. Before joining AXIS, she served as Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer for FirstKey Holdings, a diversified specialty finance company. Prior to FirstKey, she led Human Resources at Bank of America’s Legacy Asset Services Group. Additionally, Ms. McMullan spent 13 years at Morgan Stanley in several different capacities, including Human Resources Lead for the C-level executives and their organizations, Chief Operations Officer for Global Human Resources and Head of Human Resources and Chief Administrative Officer for a Morgan Stanley subsidiary. Previously, she was with Citigroup from 1988 to 1998.
Chief Investment Officer
David Phillips joined AXIS Capital as Chief Investment Officer in April 2014. With more than 20 years of experience in investments, Mr. Phillips previously served as Head of Investments for PartnerRe where he had management and asset allocation responsibilities for public fixed income, public equities, private equities, and alternative fixed income. Prior to PartnerRe, he was the Director of Research and a Portfolio Manager at Oppenheimer Capital, an institutional money manager based in New York City. Mr. Phillips is a CFA charter holder and received an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a BA from Princeton University.
Chief Operations Officer
Richard Strachan joined AXIS in April 2002. He is currently the Chief Operations Officer for AXIS with responsibility for Operations, IT and Data, Facilities, vendor management and business continuity. Previously, he served as Chief Operating Officer for AXIS Insurance, and before that as Chief Claims Officer for AXIS. Based in Bermuda, he is a member of the AXIS Executive Committee. Mr. Strachan has 33 years of experience in the insurance and reinsurance industry. Prior to joining AXIS, he managed claims for Syndicates 488 and 2488 at Lloyd's, initially with Charman Underwriting Agencies, then Tarquin PLC and latterly with ACE Global Markets.
Chief Strategy Officer
Linda Ventresca is responsible for guiding the development of AXIS Capital’s strategic priorities and for driving the delivery of those priorities across the organization. She also leads the Company’s enterprise-wide transformation program, positioning AXIS to capitalize on the changes reshaping the insurance marketplace, and the Company’s corporate development and corporate communications teams report in to her. Ms. Ventresca, who joined AXIS in January 2003, has held numerous leadership roles within the organization including Head of Corporate Development and Head of Investor Relations. Prior to joining AXIS, Ms. Ventresca was an investment associate at MMC Capital, Inc., where she worked extensively with AXIS as a portfolio company of the Trident II fund. Previously, she had been a member of the Financial Institutions Investment Banking Groups at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette and UBS Securities, LLC. Ms. Ventresca holds an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School and a B.S.E. in Bioengineering from the University of Pennsylvania.