AXA XL's Cyber Business Names 2 to Newly Created Positions

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July 20, 2022 |

Combination Lock with Padlock on Front and the words Cyber Insurance

To keep pace with changing technology risks and the dynamic cyber-insurance market, AXA XL cyber-insurance business named Rachel Rossini and Vern Suckerman to newly created positions and made several regional underwriting management appointments.

Ms. Rossini has assumed a new role as product manager for cyber and technology, errors and omissions (E&O), while Mr. Suckerman was named to the newly created role of US head of complex accounts.

"As digital threats grow more sophisticated and malicious, we keep enhancing our underwriting approach to help our clients manage cyber risks," Jeremy Gittler, AXA XL's head of cyber insurance in the Americas, said in a statement. "These new roles will help us direct more focus on our growth strategy and find innovative ways to address our clients' more complicated cyber and tech E&O risks."

In her new position, Ms. Rossini will lead AXA XL's go-to-market strategy in the US cyber-insurance market. After graduating from Villanova University, she began her insurance career in 2014 as a graduate trainee at Hiscox, quickly gravitating to cyber underwriting. She joined AXA XL in 2018, most recently serving as cyber-underwriting manager for AXA XL's West Zone out of Los Angeles.

In his new post, Mr. Suckerman will apply his nearly 20 years of cyber-insurance experience and 30 years of E&O underwriting experience to take the lead on underwriting accounts with the most complex cyber and E&O exposures and build appropriate insurance program structures. Since joining AXA in 2012, Mr. Suckerman has spent more than a decade helping build AXA XL's cyber-insurance business. He is a graduate of Illinois State University and holds the Registered Professional Liability Underwriter designation.

"Our market leadership is the result of our strong bench of cyber-underwriting talent," Mr. Gittler said. "As Rachel and Vern take on these new roles, we're pleased to announce some well-earned regional management promotions and to welcome back a former team member."

Greg Chambers was promoted to assume Mr. Suckerman's former role as underwriting manager for AXA XL's Central Zone. He brings nearly 20 years of insurance brokering and underwriting experience to his new role. In the post, he will be responsible for managing and underwriting both new and renewal business throughout the central United States. Mr. Chambers joined AXA XL in 2015 after working as a broker at Marsh and as an underwriter with CNA. He is a graduate of Eastern Illinois University.

Adam Jaffer has rejoined AXA XL to take the role of underwriting manager for AXA XL's West Zone, taking the position formerly held by Ms. Rossini. He returns to AXA XL after a brief tenure with Corvus. Mr. Jaffer previously spent 5 years with AXA XL's cyber team. He began his career as an IT technician before applying his information technology knowledge to cyber underwriting. Mr. Jaffer is a graduate of St. John's University.

Erik Barnes was promoted to underwriting manager for the Northeast. He began his underwriting career at Ironshore before joining AXA XL in 2018. Mr. Barnes began his insurance career in major accounts support at Conner Strong & Buckelew in Philadelphia. Mr. Barnes earned an undergraduate degree in risk management and insurance from Temple University's Fox School of Business.

July 20, 2022