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Canopius names Neil Robertson deputy group chief executive officer

He joins the firm from AXA XL where he most recently served as CEO, global specialty

Global specialty reinsurer Canopius, has appointed Neil Robertson to the role of deputy group chief executive officer with effect from 4 May 2021.

Roberston will report to group chairman and CEO Michael Watson. After a transition period it is intended that he will assume the role of group CEO with Watson continuing as chairman.

He joins the firm from AXA XL where he most recently served as CEO, global specialty, overseeing a “multi-billion pound portfolio of business written across a broad global network”. His previous responsibilities include chief executive of insurance underwriting for XL Catlin and seven years as CEO of XL group’s Lloyd’s managing agency.

Watson said: “This is the right time for me to start planning for the next generation of leadership at Canopius.

“After all, I have led Canopius for 20 years. I believe Neil is a proven, motivational leader and a very capable builder of businesses and teams. I am confident he will help propel us to the next level and am delighted to welcome him to Canopius.”

He added: “Over the last 20 years, we have built a highly valued franchise and an excellent team. But there’s more we can do to expand our footprint and enhance our reputation and performance. 

“Neil has the right experience to contribute to the development of Canopius at the most senior levels. I am greatly looking forward to working with Neil and the wider Canopius leadership team as we continue our upward trajectory.”

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