QBE Taps AXA XL’s Harris as CEO, International, Succeeding Pryce

April 7, 2020

QBE Insurance Group has appointed Jason Harris as chief executive officer, International, succeeding Richard Pryce who is retiring at the end of this year.

The role reports to Pat Regan, group chief executive officer and forms part of the group executive committee.

“I am delighted to announce that Jason Harris has accepted the role of CEO International. Jason will commence in Q4 2020, subject to the required regulatory approvals, and Richard will leave QBE in early 2021,” said Group CEO Pat Regan, in a statement.

Jason Harris

Harris joins QBE from AXA XL where he held the position of chief executive, Global Property and Casualty, with responsibility for financial lines, construction, engineering, ART and risk engineering.

Prior to this, he was the chief executive for International Property and Casualty at XL in the UK with responsibility for the property and liability business outside of North America. He previously worked at AIG/Chartis Insurance, holding several senior roles including executive director, Commercial Lines.

Harris is an underwriter by background and started his career working in offshore energy. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Geology from the University of Southampton.

Harris will commence in role in Q4 2020 and work on an orderly transition with Pryce, said QBE. He will be based in QBE’s London office.

“Jason has a very strong background in people leadership, business performance and underwriting. His broad global commercial lines experience equips him well to oversee the continued success of our International Operations, which are core to our global business,” said Regan.

Pryce’s career in insurance has spanned 35 years, including seven years leading QBE’s European Operations and more recently the operations in Asia as part of the creation of the International Division in 2019.

“Richard has been an integral member of the Group Executive Committee, very successfully leading our European Operations and more recently the newly created International Division,” said Regan. “He has been a huge source of advice and wise counsel to me. I will miss him greatly and wish him the very best in his retirement.”

Source: QBE

Topics AXA XL

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