AXA News

AXA Taps Telefonica’s Benjamins as CDO, Head of Data Innovation Lab

AXA has appointed Richard Benjamins as chief data officer (CDO) of the AXA Group and head of the Data Innovation Lab (DIL), effective May 2. Benjamins will report to Benoît Claveranne, chief transformation officer (CTO) and a member of the …

AXA Group Names Ariss as Head of Public Affairs & Corporate Responsibility

AXA announced that Jad Ariss, currently CEO of AXA Middle East & Africa, has been appointed group head of Public Affairs & Corporate Responsibility. He will report in his new role to George Stansfield, group general secretary and a member …

Intesa Abandons Plans to Buy Generali, Citing Lack of Shareholder Value

Italy’s biggest retail bank Intesa Sanpaolo abandoned plans to join forces with the country’s largest insurer Assicurazioni Generali on Friday, saying a tie-up would not create value for its shareholders. A merger of the two would have created an Italian …

AXA Chief Rules Out Major Acquisitions Such as Generali

AXA has reached a “critical size” and is ruling out major acquisitions such as Italy’s Generali, the French insurer’s chief executive Thomas Buberl said on Thursday. It is managing risks relating to May’s presidential election in France and raising its …

Allianz Has $3.2B to Spend on M&A, but ‘Disciplined’ Approach Is Needed

Allianz SE Chief Executive Officer Oliver Baete has 3 billion euros ($3.2 billion) to spend on acquisitions and is scouting for targets from Australia to Italy. Rushing into a deal would be a mistake, according to some investors and analysts. …

AXA UK’s Travel Insurance Will Cover People Denied Access to US

The UK division of French insurer AXA said its travel policies would cover those denied access to the United States due to a U.S. travel ban on people from seven Muslim-majority countries. An executive order by U.S. President Donald Trump …

French Insurers & Bankers Aim to Beef Up Fintech Investments

After years of lagging behind London on spawning financial technology startups, Paris this week hosted a show of force aimed at proving the French capital can catch up as more than 1,500 bankers, investors and entrepreneurs gathered. The Paris Fintech …

Intesa’s Interest in Generali Merger Has ‘No Obvious Logic’: Opinion

Intesa Sanpaolo SpA’s interest in combining with insurer Assicurazioni Generali SpA has no obvious logic to it. If the lender has a cunning plan to make it work, it needs to reveal it. For now, Intesa says simply that it’s …

Marsh Completes Acquisition of Bluefin Insurance from AXA

Marsh, the wholly owned subsidiary of Marsh & McLennan Cos., said it has completed the previously announced acquisition of Bluefin Insurance Group Ltd., a subsidiary of AXA UK plc, from AXA Group. Founded in 2008, Bluefin has approximately 1,500 colleagues …

Allianz Eyes Purchasing Generali’s French Operations: Sources

Allianz SE, Europe’s largest insurer, is in discussions with Assicurazioni Generali SpA as it weighs a bid for the company’s French operations, according to people familiar with the matter. Allianz executives are uncertain whether a combination with the French insurance …