Filip Vandeputte joins AXIS to lead European aviation team

AXIS Insurance, the specialty insurance business segment of AXIS Capital Holdings, has appointed Filip Vandeputte to lead its AXIS Specialty Europe aviation business in continental Europe.

In this role, Vandeputte will serve as branch manager and Brussels office lead for Aviabel, as well as branch manager and Amsterdam office lead for Aviabel’s Dutch brand NLP

Aviabel is the European specialty aviation insurer and reinsurer owned by AXIS. Both branch manager appointments are subject to regulatory approval. Vandeputte will report to Terry Wood, global head of Aviation at AXIS.

He has more than 30 years’ insurance industry experience. Prior to joining AXIS, he was executive director of Nuytten Verzekeringen, a boutique brokerage in Belgium.

Vandeputte began his career as a non-life claims handler at Royale Belge, before joining Aviabel as an underwriter in 1989. At Aviabel, he held a series of senior management roles, eventually assuming responsibility for the underwriting operation, taking on the role of chief underwriting officer before departing in 2016.

Wood said: “We are delighted to see Filip return to the aviation underwriting arena. Hiring an experienced aviation business leader of Filip’s caliber will help us extend our influence and lead market capability as we focus on building the optimal European specialty aviation insurance business.

“We look forward to Filip’s leadership, knowledge and experience to help us maximize the opportunities that we have identified in the market.”

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