AXA XL’s E&S Casualty Insurance Names 2 U.S. Product Leaders

December 12, 2018

AXA XL insurance has appointed new Excess & Surplus (E&S) Casualty product leads in the U.S.

Ankur Chokshi has been promoted to head of E&S Primary Casualty and Brokerage and Binding Authority while Kimberly Smid joins AXA’s E&S team to lead its Excess Casualty E&S business. Both report to Matt O’Malley, head of AXA XL’s E&S Casualty business.

Based in Chicago, Chokshi previously served as E&S’s Central Regional vice president, and will now lead AXA XL’s Primary Casualty E&S book of business. He is also assuming responsibility for AXA XL’s Brokerage and Binding Authority business, which provides multi-line E&S insurance solutions for various industry segments through program administrators. Chokshi joined AXA XL in 2013 as an E&S underwriter with more than a decade of underwriting experience with positions at CoverX and Chubb.

Chokshi also assumes leadership of AXA XL’s Binding Authority and Brokerage insurance operation from Karl Fischbach, who continues in his role a Wholesale Broker, Programs and Binding Relationship leader, where in addition to ongoing responsibilities he will focus on developing the company’s small to medium commercial business.

Smid joins AXA XL’s New York office from QBE where she served as an E&S Underwriting Manager, leading the National Excess Casualty Team. She brings 13 years of industry experience underwriting Umbrella and Excess Casualty accounts of various sizes with prior positions at CNA, Swiss Re and AIG.

Through appointed surplus lines wholesale brokers, AXA XL’s E&S Casualty business offers general liability coverages including commercial general liability, products liability, and discontinued products liability insurance and excess casualty coverages including standalone commercial umbrella.

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