AXA XL, a division of AXA specialising in property & casualty and specialty risk, has appointed Robert Riha as chief client & distribution officer for the Asia-Pacific and Europe regions.  

Riha’s tenure will commence on 1 July 2024.  

He will be responsible for leading client and broker engagement as well as overseeing marketing operations across these territories. 

Riha will report directly to Xavier Veyry, CEO of APAC & Europe at AXA XL, and Manuel Meier, global chief client officer at AXA XL.  

With a career that began in 2006, Riha has developed experience in the insurance industry, initially working at RSA for Parabis Law and later as a solicitor specialising in insurance litigation at Kennedys. 

Since joining AXA XL in 2012, Riha has held various significant roles including senior claims adjuster in London and leading the claims teams for South East Asia in Singapore.  

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In 2021, he was promoted to head of claims for Asia. For his new role, Riha will relocate from Singapore to Dublin. 

Commenting on the appointment, Veyry said: “We have ambitious growth plans for APAC & Europe focused primarily on multinational and mid-market solutions. We can only achieve those plans by expanding our partnership with clients and deepening our relationships with our broker partners.  

“Robbie will play an integral part in this approach by driving our broker engagement strategy and, where it makes sense, identifying new distribution opportunities. With nearly 20 years of experience in commercial risk across international markets, Robbie is an ideal candidate for this strategic position.” 

This announcement follows a recent collaboration between AXA and the Universal Postal Union aimed at expanding inclusive insurance through postal networks.  

The partnership focuses on providing insurance solutions to lower-to-middle-income households and small businesses, utilising the extensive reach of postal services to achieve this goal.