The Association of Professional Insurance Women (APIW) has announced that Kelly Lyles, chief executive, client and country management at AXA XL, has been selected as the recipient of the 2019 APIW Insurance Woman of the Year Award.

A cocktail reception and award ceremony honoring Lyles will be held on June 12, 2019 at the New York Sheraton Times Square Hotel, in conjunction with the Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation (IICF) Women in Insurance Global Conference in New York City.

“We are delighted to present the 2019 APIW Woman of the Year award to Kelly Lyles, whose highly successful international career, leadership and commitment to supporting women make her an exemplary choice,” said APIW President Barbara Bufkin.

During her career, Lyles has held a number of senior roles in financial lines underwriting and management. Between 2014 and 2018, she served in several senior positions at XL and later XL Catlin, including chief regional officer for insurance, deputy chair of the insurance leadership team and chief executive of global professional insurance operations. Before joining XL Group, she served as head of specialty lines for Europe, the Middle East and Africa at AIG.