AXA XL, a division of AXA focused on property, casualty and specialty risks, has announced changes to its Canadian management.  

James Lee has been appointed head of client & distribution, Canada, while Alex Barker takes on the role of chief underwriting officer for large commercial in Canada.  

Lee, in his new capacity, will report to Matt O’Malley, chief client & distribution officer of Americas.  

His responsibilities include fostering relationships with clients and distribution partners, enhancing customer experiences and increasing engagement across all product lines.  

Lee has been with AXA XL since 2013, latterly as the Canadian head of professional & cyber lines. 

Barker, who will report to Donna Nadeau, head of large commercial operations in Americas, is set to oversee all large commercial underwriting activities in Canada.  

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With nearly two decades of industry experience, Barker has been a part of AXA XL since 2009, where he has led the aviation book of business and recently held the position of head of specialty insurance, AXA XL, Canada. 

O’Malley said: “At the heart of our strategy is the relentless pursuit of our clients’ growth. We are reshaping our organisational structure to place an even stronger emphasis on the needs of our clients, and the roles assumed by Alex and James are pivotal in driving this client-centric vision forward. 

“Alex and James are exceptionally well-equipped to deliver tailored solutions that go beyond conventional insurance offerings, ensuring we bring tangible value to our clients.” 

The leadership changes follow AXA XL’s decision to reorganise its insurance underwriting operations into three main business segments: large commercial, mid-market and professional.  

This restructuring aims to better serve the varying needs of its diverse client base.