Arista boss takes role at Axa commercial

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Axa commercial has named former Arista managing director, Nick Watson, as director of commercial distribution and trading.

The new role has responsibility for broker marketing, development, the branch network and strategic partnerships.

The move will allow Axa to deliver enhanced cohesion to its broker distribution strategy in the UK commercial market.

Watson joins Axa’s commercial leadership team having spent the past 20 years in senior roles in the insurance industry and brings with him experience across distribution, product development, operations and relationship management.

In addition, Douglas Barnett, head of customer risk management, has been promoted to head of mid-market as the business continues to grow and develop its mid-market proposition with a dedicated risk management capability.

Jon Walker, executive managing director, Axa Commercial, said: “With over £1.1bn in grow written premium, a well-established, UK-wide branch network and propositions that cover the breadth of the commercial market, we need to ensure that we are not only offering brokers the best today, but can continue to do so in the future.

“That’s why I have brought Nick in and placed a number of the key trading levers in his control. He has a great track record in broker distribution and I look forward to welcoming him to the team and working with him to build our distribution strategy for the future.

Walker added: “I am also delighted to promote Douglas and ensure under his direction we continue to develop our Mid-Market proposition and maintain the growth momentum we have built in this core market segment.”

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