Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance hired two veteran executives from AXA XL to lead its new operation in France that underwrites casualty and construction insurance.

Olivier Antiphon has been named head of construction and Anne-Sophie Bonifay is the operation’s head of casualty.

Antiphon has 30 years of experience in construction underwriting and engineering. For the past 12 years he was construction & engineering underwriting manager at XL Insurance Company SE in Paris, which is now part of AXA XL. Before that, he was engineering underwriting manager at Gerling in Paris. He began his career as head of the firefighting engineering team at Alstom Power, BHSI said.

Bonifay joins BHSI with 25 years of experience spanning both middle-market and large account casualty underwriting. She began her career in casualty underwriting at AGF (Allianz) and then Commercial Union, in Paris. After that, she held increasingly senior positions in casualty underwriting at Chubb Insurance Company of Europe and was casualty underwriting manager, large corporate accounts, at Zurich Global Corporate France. She served as casualty underwriting manager, middle market, at XL Insurance Company Limited, and most recently was casualty underwriting manager, middle market, at AXA XL in Paris.

Both executives are based in BHSI’s office in Paris.

Source: BHSI