Insurer and reinsurer AXIS Capital has announced the appointment of Andy Shaw as the new Specialty Team Leader for North American Programs, a newly created role.
Shaw will be based in the company’s Phoenix office and report to Gabe Galanski, the Head of North American Programs.
Shaw brings extensive program management expertise, particularly in the North American P&C (Property and Casualty) space. Prior to joining AXIS, he held the position of Vice President for P&C Programs, Casualty, and Ocean Marine – E&S Programs at Nationwide.
As Specialty Team Leader, Shaw plays a key role in shaping the overall business direction of AXIS’ portfolio of specialty programs. He is responsible for establishing underwriting, pricing, and portfolio modeling standards and governance for the company’s MGA (Managing General Agent) and MGU (Managing General Underwriter) partners.
In addition, he will manage program authority and develop strategic partnerships with program stores aligned with the company’s broader distribution and specialty underwriting strategy and risk appetite.
Commenting on the appointment, Galanski expressed his excitement about Shaw joining their team. He emphasized the importance of using Shaw’s expertise and competence to further refine their approach within the delegated authority sector.
Galanski emphasized the importance of leveraging deep partner relationships to establish AXIS as a leading specialty underwriter, deliver tailored solutions to customers, and foster strong relationships with new and existing MGA and MGU partners.
In response to his appointment, Andy Shaw expressed his enthusiasm about joining AXIS. He praised the company for its ability to offer customized solutions that help customers navigate the dynamic global market.
Shaw also expressed his commitment to unlock the great potential of their North American Programs business and focus on growth through strategic partnerships that align with their specialty underwriting expertise and risk appetite.