AXA XL Appoints New Global Political Risk, Credit, and Bond Leaders

New Job Written on a Blue Key on a Gray Computer Keyboard

June 21, 2021 |

New Job Written on a Blue Key on a Gray Computer Keyboard

AXA XL has appointed Rafael Docavo-Malvezzi global chief underwriting officer (GCUO) for political risk, credit, and bond (PRCB) and Lian Phua as head of PRCB, Americas.

Mr. Docavo-Malvezzi, who is based in New York, will report to Stephen Ashwell, AXA XL GCUO for specialty risks.

"With more than 20 years working in the financial and insurance sectors, Rafael brings in-depth knowledge and firsthand experience across all areas of the business," Mr. Ashwell said in a statement. "From underwriting to risk analysis and client management, he is a true expert in the field and will be a strategic member of the GCUO specialty leadership team."

Mr. Docavo-Malvezzi will drive global governance, underwriting guidelines, and pricing standards across all AXA XL political risk, credit, and bond products. He also will lead and support the team in product development, innovation, and client and broker engagement across all geographies and markets.

Mr. Docavo-Malvezzi has been at AXA XL for a decade, during which he helped build and lead the global political risk and credit team. He most recently served as head of risk for AXA XL's PRCB business. Previous roles include leadership at the risk practice at QBE, director of risk management at a boutique credit insurer, and senior consultant at MasterCard Advisors.

As the new head of the Americas for PRCB, Ms. Phua, who is based in New York, will lead the PRCB underwriting teams in New York, Washington, Toronto, and Bermuda. She will report to both Alex Blanco, chief underwriting officer for specialty, Americas, and to Mr. Docavo-Malvezzi.

"It is wonderful to see talent promoted from within our ranks," Mr. Blanco said in the statement. "Lian is an experienced underwriter who has also mastered client development and team management in different markets and countries. As part of the Americas specialty leadership team, she will help us drive innovation to ensure AXA XL continues to be a partner of choice for a wide range of clients and brokers."

Ms. Phua has been with AXA XL since 2013 when she joined as an underwriter for political risk and trade credit working in Singapore and the United States. She most recently held the role of underwriting manager for global PRCB, working with some of the company's largest clients across the financial and governmental sectors.

June 21, 2021