AXA XL declares aerospace appointments


AXA XL announced the appointment of Thisiani Matsumura-Martins as Global Chief Underwriting Officer for Aerospace, effective April 1st. Matsumura-Martins will be based in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and will work closely with the regional business units to develop strategic underwriting strategies and evaluate direction and profitability for the aerospace industry. She reports to Nancy Bewlay, Global Chief Underwriting Officer.

“Thisiani brings a wealth of technical and market-driven experience to the table,” said Bewlay. “She is an experienced regional manager who is ready to support the aerospace team in product development, innovation, and customer and broker relationships in all regions and markets.”

Matsumura-Martins has 27 years of experience in insurance and reinsurance. She previously worked at Allianz and Liberty and as an underwriter in businesses such as aerospace, real estate, construction, shipping, casualty and life. She joined AXA XL in 2014 as Technical Director for Brazil and was later appointed Chief of Staff for Latin America. She is currently interim regional manager for AXA XL in Latin America and country manager for Brazil.

In addition, Tom Callahan has been promoted to Global Head of Underwriting Management and CUO of Aviation. Callahan will be based in New York and report to Matsumura-Martins.

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Callahan has been a member of the AXA XL aerospace team since 2006, most recently as Global Head of Underwriting Management. In his new role, he will be increasingly responsible for the technical underwriting strategy for aviation.

“Over the past few months, Tom has been instrumental in helping our global aerospace business in the absence of a global CUO,” said Bewlay. “He will also play an important role in his new expanded role as we continue to expand our global aviation business.”

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