AXIS Re Hires Hands from CNA Hardy as Head of Australia

June 24, 2019

AXIS Re, the reinsurance business segment of AXIS Capital Holdings Ltd. announced the expansion of AXIS Re Strategic Partners with the hiring of Robert Hands as a strategic account executive and head of Australia.

In this role, Hands will be responsible for leading global client relationships for strategic partners headquartered in Australia, as well as overseeing all client management activities.

The hiring of Hands further expands AXIS Re’s commitment to the Asia Pacific market and to growing its business in that region, said AXIS Re in a statement. Hands will be based in the company’s Singapore office and will report directly to Ann Haugh, president Global Markets, AXIS Re. He will also work closely with AXIS Re’s Asia Pacific team, led by Les Loh, president Asia Pacific.

Hands joins AXIS Re following three years as CEO and principal officer of CNA Hardy Asia, where he had management responsibility for all lines of business. Prior to that, he was at Newline Group for more than a decade, including nine years as CEO and principal pfficer of the company’s Asia operation and, previously, a financial lines underwriter. Hands began his career as a financial lines underwriter at Lloyd’s syndicate Talbot.

AXIS Re Strategic Partners is a dedicated team to serve select clients and brokers. It was launched in September 2018 as part of AXIS Re’s focus on enhancing its client engagement model.

Source: AXIS Re

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