6 People on the Move

AXA XL announces a new leadership team for North America, Colonial Claims appoints a chief executive officer; all of this and more in this edition of People on the Move. 
By: | July 29, 2020

AXA XL Announces New Americas Leadership Team

Bob Peretti, chief distribution officer, AXA XL, North America

Donna Nadeau, chief underwriting officer, AXA XL, North America

As part of the proposed changes to its insurance operating model, AXA XL announced its new Americas leadership team, reporting to Joe Tocco, chief executive officer for the Americas. 

Donna Nadeau has been appointed to chief underwriting officer, stepping into this new role from her current position as the company’s chief operating officer in North America, a position she has held since 2014. 

Since joining AXA XL in 2003, she’s held several senior-level positions, including serving as chief actuary for AXA XL’s North America property/casualty insurance operations.    

Jerome Itty, chief operating officer, AXA XL, North America

Jim DiVirglio, chief claims officer, AXA XL, North America

Jerome Itty, who joins AXA XL from AXA Partners. where he recently served as head of Asia, assumes Nadeau’s former role as chief operating officer.

Bob Peretti has been named chief distribution officer.

Since 2015, Peretti has led AXA XL’s North America Client and Distribution Management team. In his new role, he will continue to lead client and broker distribution and also expand his responsibilities to include global management of key broker relationships. 

He also assumes management of the Americas marketing function in close collaboration with the global marketing function.

Jim DiVirgilio assumes the role of chief claims officer.

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Since joining AXA XL in 2008, DiVirgilio has held senior claims management positions, most recently leading AXA XL’s claims management activity across North America. He brings more than 35 years of experience handling the most complex claims across property, casualty, professional and specialty insurance lines. 

“I’ve already had the pleasure of working alongside Donna, Bob and Jim for many years, and Jerome will soon find that he’s joining a team of some of the most experienced, creative and committed insurance professionals in this market,” commented Tocco. 

Colonial Claims Appoints John Cerasuolo as Chief Executive Officer

John Cerasuolo, chief executive officer, Colonial Claims

Colonial Claims, an independent insurance claims service company, announced John Cerasuolo as its new chief executive officer.

Cerasuolo will serve alongside founder Doug Branham, who will continue his involvement as chairman.

As CEO, Cerasuolo will lead Colonial into its next phase of growth by providing customer experience and claims solutions through a year-round staff of professionals.

Previously, Cerasuolo served as chief executive officer of ADS Security.

“Colonial has created a special culture among its team of more than 10,000 dedicated adjusters. I am grateful and excited to lead this incredible group of professionals,” said Cerasuolo.

“I look forward to sharing my experience in opening markets and product lines, introducing and incorporating technology into operations, investing in human capital, and broadening professional capabilities,” commented Cerasuolo. 

Branham added: “This is a time of real change within our industry, and for the world of loss adjusting. John’s experience in growing companies and leading technological evolution is what both Colonial and our profession need. I am very pleased John chose to lead the company and help our customer-first team raise the bar for property adjusting.”

Oneglobal Names Alan Grant Non-Executive Director

Alan Grant, non-executive director, Oneglobal

Oneglobal announced the appointment of Alan Grant as a non-executive director of Oneglobal Broking Ltd, subject to FCA approval. 

Grant is a senior insurance leader having had a successful career across the industry. Previously, he was chairman of Dual International Ltd.

He is currently a non-executive director at Argenta Syndicate Management Ltd and Thomas Miller Holdings Ltd.

Jonathan Palmer-Brown, chairman of Oneglobal commented: “I am pleased we have attracted a non-executive of Alan’s caliber and experience to Oneglobal. In an impressive insurance career, Alan has been successful in a variety of underwriting environments. His sector knowledge, to which he has added non-executive responsibility, offers exactly the mix of expertise we need as we drive our ambitious business forward and I’m looking forward to working with him.”

“I’ve been impressed by Oneglobal’s commitment to put clients at the heart of what it does. This philosophy will mark the business out in the broking community and ensure that as it grows, Oneglobal does so in a sustainable way, focused on the people it works for and the people it employs. This is an environment I will be proud to be part of,” said Grant. &

Emily Spennato is a staff writer with Risk & Insurance. She can be reached at [email protected]

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