AXA XL Promotes Europe Managers; WTW Names Bassi for Insurance Consulting & Tech; Sedgwick Appoints Horrocks UK Head of Fraud Tech, Intelligence

This issue of International People Moves details appointments at AXA XL, Willis Towers Watson and Sedgwick.

A summary of these new hires follows here.

AXA XL promotes 2 Regional Managers in Europe

Peter Knaus

AXAXL announced the appointment Peter Knaus as Regional Manager Northern Europe, in addition to his function as Country Manager Germany a Julien Guenot as Regional Manager Southern Europe, in addition to his function as Country Manager France.

Bruno Laval, Chief Distribution Officer, APAC & Europe, and Regional Manager, European Growth Markets, will leave AXA XL to pursue opportunities outside of AXA Group. AXA XL will appoint a Chief Distribution Officer for APAC & Europe in due course.

Julien Guenot

These changes reflect AXA XL’s decision to organize its European insurance businesses into two geographical hubs: Northern Europe (includes Germany, Switzerland, Austria & CSEE, Scandinavia and Benelux) and Southern Europe (includes France, Italy and Iberia).

Knaus has been with AXA since 1993. During his tenure, he held a number of senior underwriting and leadership positions including Head of Commercial Lines, Chief Underwriting Officer and General Manager at AXA Versicherung AG. In 2019 he was appointed Country Manager Germany for AXA XL.

Guénot started his career at AXA in 2003 before joining AIG and later AXA Corporate Solutions in 2009 to establish the company’s operations in Asia and support the development of the entire Asia-Pacific region. He then relocated to Italy to lead AXA Corporate Solutions’ operations in Italy and Southern Europe before being appointed Country Manager France for AXA XL in 2018.

Xavier VeyryChief Executive Officer, APAC & Europe thanked Laval “for his dedication during his 20-year tenure at AXA XL and for his contribution to our business in Europe and the business as a whole.”


WTW wins Bassi for newly created position in insurance consulting and technology

Pardeep basses

insurance broker WTW appointed Pardeep basses in the company’s insurance consulting and technology businesses. In the newly created role of Global Proposition Leader in Data Science, Bassi will lead the global advancement of the unit’s data science capabilities, building on WTW’s market-leading analytics and data science software, Emblem and Radar.

Bassi most recently served as Chief Data Science Officer at LV= General Insurance, where he was responsible for creating and delivering the insurer’s advanced analytics and machine learning strategy; Work across all business functions to identify and implement solutions to new opportunities where machine learning can add value to the business. Prior to LV= General Insurance, Bassi spent time at AXA and Domestic & General where he built and led data science teams and initiatives.


Sedgwick appoints Horrocks as Head of Fraud Tech & Intelligence in the UK

sedwicka provider of technology-enabled risk, performance and integrated business solutions, announced the appointment of laura Horrocks as Head of Fraud Technology and Intelligence for the UK-based Investigative Services Division.

Laura Horrocks

In this role, Horrocks will oversee the development of Sedgwick’s new anti-fraud solution from Shift Technology to provide clients with innovative fraud detection services.

Horrocks has been a colleague at Sedgwick since 2015 and brings extensive anti-fraud experience to her new role. Previously, she worked as a Fraud Assessment and Intelligence Manager, integrating colleagues from three investigative service departments into a Fraud Assessment and Intelligence Team. Previously Horrocks was manager of the investigation team at Sedgwicks Road Accident Underwriters (RTA) investigating motor insurance fraud to help clients achieve significant savings.

Shift’s machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) technology gives Sedgwick’s fraud investigation team a tactical advantage and improves accuracy in detecting insurance fraud early on, Sedgwick said in a statement. Sedgwick is the first claims management company to partner with Shift Technology, adopting its industry-leading fraud detection solution, the company added.

Based in Memphis, Sedgwick was founded in 1969 and today has nearly 30,000 colleagues in 65 countries. Sedgwick’s majority shareholder is The Carlyle Group. Stone Point Capital LLC, Caisse de Dépôt et Placement du Québec (CDPQ), Onex and other management investors are minority shareholders.

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