Axa XL’s Matt O’Malley has been appointed US country manager with the long-serving executive now having greater oversight for the company’s business activity in the US on top of his existing responsibilities as east zone leader.


O’Malley was appointed east US zone manager in October when the business launched a new operating model that included a zone structure in the US, with Todd Sutherland appointed Central US zone leader and Mike Soper as West US zone leader.

As Axa XL explained at the time, this new structure is designed to get its multi-line insurance and risk management experts closer to brokers and clients.

And now O’Malley will also have “broader oversight of Axa XL’s collective business activity in the US insurance market”, the company explained. In this additional role, O’Malley will report into Joe Tocco, the CEO of Axa XL’s Americas region.

“Our new [regional] focus has been well received by our brokers and clients and we’re already realising greater efficiency in the delivery of our multi-line insurance coverages,” said Tocco.

“This is in large part to Matt, Todd and Mike’s effective team building and strategic implementation that got our new structure up and running quickly and effectively,” he added.

Tocco said O’Malley “will make sure that we’re taking advantage of our zonal structure as well as combined efforts across our zones”.

“With his collaborative leadership style, attention to data and analytics, and his underwriting management experience, Matt is well prepared to help us keep an eye on our regional activity and ‘the big picture’ as we continue to build Axa XL’s reputation in the US market,” Tocco added.

O’Malley has been in the insurance industry for 25 years. During his time at Axa XL and its predecessor companies he has held a range of senior roles, including head of North America environmental as well as having responsibility for the underwriting management of the firm’s E&S casualty business.