AXIS Capital Holdings is hiring a former XL Catlin executive in an international leadership role. Great American Insurance Group promoted an executive to lead its Property & Inland Marine division. Crawford & Company appointed a new president of international, a region including the United Kingdom, Europe, Asia-Pacific and Latin America.


A former XL Catlin executive is joining AXIS Capital Holdings Ltd. as a new AXIS Re vice president and deputy head of Catastrophe Underwriting for Europe, Middle East and North Africa, and Israel.

In his new role, Michael Leahey will also work to help boost more coordination between AXIS Re’s Underwriting and Catastrophe modeling teams. He’ll report to Andrew Bisset, executive vice president, AXIS Re, and be based in Zurich.

Leahey was most recently at XL Catlin, where he was a senior Property Underwriter and Market Manager for the Nordics region and Senior Property Underwriter for Germany, Austria and Switzerland. He has more than a decade of experience underwriting property reinsurance coverage, and began his insurance career at PartnerRe.


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Great American Insurance Group promoted Julie Kadnar to the job of divisional president of its Property & Inland Marine Division.

Kadnar, who has more than 28 years of property/casualty insurance industry experience, will succeed Dale Kelley, who is set to retire in June 2017.

Kadnar has been with Great American since 1988, when she joined as a senior auditor. Since then, she has held a number of roles of increased responsibility, most recently serving as divisional senior vice president of the Property & Inland Marine Division.


Crawford & Company appointed Kieran Rigby as president of international, a region including the United Kingdom, Europe, Asia-Pacific and Latin America.

With this new position, Rigby will be responsible for growing the business, continuing to strengthen Crawford’s global capabilities, and realigning the company’s operating model to boost efficiency and profitability internationally. He replaces Ian Muress, who resigned as CEO international after 16 years with the provider of claims management products and services for insurance companies and self-insured entities.

Previously, Rigby was CEO of GAB Robins UK, until Crawford acquired it in 2014. Since then he has served as CEO of Crawford Europe and Latin America. In his new role, he’ll take on additional responsibility for the Asia-Pacific and United Kingdom regions, and also serve as a member of Crawford’s Global Executive Management team.

Rigby will be based in London and report directly to Andrew Robinson, global chief operating officer.

Sources: AXIS Capital Holdings Ltd., Great American Insurance Group, Crawford & Co.