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France’s AXA Drops German Power Giant RWE as a Client over Large Coal Operations

AXA SA, France’s biggest insurer, is dropping German energy giant RWE AG as a client in a decision that highlights how taboo the coal business has become. Not even an appeal from RWE Chief Executive Officer Rolf Martin Schmitz to …

Pandemics Surpass Climate Change as Biggest Worry for Insurance Professionals: Study

Pandemics became the top concern for insurance professionals this year as the COVID-19 crisis roils the industry worldwide. Infectious diseases and pandemics were ranked as the most significant risks to society over the next five to 10 years in a …

Update: AXA to Pay Business Interruption Claims to Restaurants After Court Ruling

A Paris court ruled last week that AXA should pay a restaurant owner two months of revenue losses caused by the virus pandemic. AXA had argued its policy did not cover business disruption caused by the health crisis. Stephane Manigold, …

AXA Unit to Offer Medical Consultations to Guests of French Hotel Group Accor

AXA and French hotel group Accor have formed a strategic partnership to provide medical support to guests staying at Accor’s 5000 hotels worldwide. As soon as July 2020, Accor’s guests will be able to benefit from advances in telemedicine through …

Update: AXA Appoints Chubb’s Gunter as CEO of AXA XL, Replacing Hendrick

AXA announced the appointment of Scott Gunter as chief executive officer of AXA XL. He will replace Greg Hendrick, who has decided to pursue other opportunities outside the group. Gunter was previously senior vice president of Chubb Group and president …

AXA Lowers 2020 Profit Guidance for XL Unit

French insurer AXA lowered its 2020 profit guidance for its companies-focused XL unit and named a new boss for the division, as it stepped up measures to reduce exposure to risks stemming from natural disasters that become more frequent. Insurers …

AXA Reviews Potential Sale of Middle Eastern Operations: Sources

AXA SA is considering options for its Middle Eastern operations including a potential sale, as Chief Executive Officer Thomas Buberl continues to streamline the operations of Europe’s second-largest insurer, people familiar with the matter said. The French insurer is working …

AXA to Sell Belgian Bank Unit to Crelan for $689.5M, Forms Bancassurance Deal

AXA announced it has entered into an agreement to sell its Belgian banking operations, AXA Bank Belgium, to Crelan Bank for cash and Crelan’s loan insurance business. In addition, AXA and Crelan have also agreed to a long-term P/C and …

AXA XL’s McGavick Looks Ahead to ‘The Golden Age of Insurance’

Mike McGavick’s turnaround experiences have led him to think carefully about changes that are needed for the insurance industry. “First, cost has got to come down. It’s absurd that approximately 60 cents on every dollar is what the customer gets …

Thinking Past the Obvious: Former CEO of XL Group McGavick Looks Back

The former chief executive officer of XL Group, Mike McGavick, admits that frequently during his career he has taken on leadership roles that some of his contemporaries considered too hot to handle—such as the turnarounds he led at XL Group …