AXA ART Makes Executive Changes; CFO Joins Board

May 8, 2015

AXA ART Versicherung AG announced shifts in the roles of its global executive management team, including the addition of a Chief Financial Officer at the executive board level.

The announcement said the current CFO, Jean Gazancon, will return to the parent company AXA Group “to manage a series of high level initiatives.” A formal announcement regarding his new role will be issued. Kai Kuklinski global CEO at AXA ART thanked Gazancon for his “contributions in advancing AXA ART’s strategic priorities during his tenure.”

Kuklinski is also a member of the Management Board, and “assumes oversight for market operations led by three Regional CEOs with responsibilities for Central-Eastern Europe, The Americas, Northern-Europe/Middle East and Asia.” He also “leads management and oversight of the additional internal functions: Strategy and Innovation, Investment Asset Management, Human Resources, Marketing Communications, Public Relations, Distribution.

Christian Muller, current member of AXA ART’s Management Board and Chief Technical Officer will assume the role of COO. The following functions will report to him as COO: Re-insurance, Capacity Management, Underwriting, Claims Management, Operations and Process Management, IT, Product Development and Management, Business Continuity. With this shift, the Chief Technical Officer’s function will not be replaced.

The announcement also noted that “subject to the final approval of the Regulator, the Supervisory Board of AXA ART has appointed Dr. Alexander Wiebe to the position of Chief Financial Officer and Member of AXA ART’s Management Board.”

He joins from AXA Konzern AG, Germany where he served as Head of Corporate Finance. He will assume management and oversight of the company’s financial operations, with the following functions reporting to him: Accounting, Compliance, Audit, Actuary, Planning Reporting and Control, Value and Risk Management, Corporate Development, Strategic and Financial Planning, Project and Portfolio Management.

Kuklinski congratulated Wiebe on his appointment to the Board of AXA ART Versicherung AG” and welcomed him “as part of our Global Leadership Team.” Kuklinski commented also said: “AXA ART has ambitious plans for the future and I look forward to working alongside both Christian and Alexander, who bring an essential mix of leadership experience and financial expertise, as we move ahead to aggressively deliver on our strategic priorities”.

AXA ART also confirmed the promotion of Nick Brett, who was named Chief Executive of London-based AXA ART Insurance Limited. He “joined AXA ART in 2000, where he served in position of increasing responsibility in assessing and underwriting specialty art insurance risks. Mr. Brett was promoted to Underwriting Director in 2007. Among notable accomplishments over his tenure, he significantly contributed to building important external business relationships for the local operations and the wider AXA ART Group,” said the announcement.

Source: AXA ART/ AXA Group

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