Rising Edge appoints non-executive chair to board

Kelly Lyles has most recently served as chief executive, client and country management, at AXA XL

Rising Edge has announced the appointment of Kelly Lyles as non-executive chair to its board with effect 22 April, 2021.

Lyles has most recently served as chief executive, client and country management, at AXA XL.

During her career, she has held a number of senior roles in underwriting and general management. Between 2014 and 2018, she served in several senior positions at XL and later XL Catlin, including chief regional officer, Insurance, deputy chair of the insurance leadership team, and chief executive of global professional insurance operations.

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In 2019, Lyles was named by the Association of Professional Insurance Women, Insurance Woman of the Year. Before joining XL Group in 2014, she served as head of specialty lines for Europe and EMEA at AIG, having served as AIG’s country manager in France between 2010 and 2013.

Commenting on her new role, Lyles said: “I decided to join the Board as I was extremely impressed with Philippe and Yoel’s business model, focussing on client and broker services and based on a data-led underwriting approach.

Rising Edge is a breath of fresh air in a D&O insurance market that not only requires experienced capacity, but also needs to reinvent itself to bring value to clients through relevant insight.”

She added: “For brokers, it will also bring a consistent and disciplined underwriting approach – all backed by a flawless operational model – even in a pandemic and post-Brexit environment.”

Philippe Gouraud, CEO at Rising Edge, added: “Over the past 20 years, Kelly and I have worked together in various companies and we have always had a shared focus on clients and brokers and the principles of fairness and consistency of service – both of which are key pillars of Rising Edge’s engagement model.

“Kelly’s appointment is another major step towards the full launch we have announced for the first half of 2021.”

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