Axis Insurance has hired Thomas Uribe as an assistant vice-president for its US excess casualty business.

The company said Mr Uribe will be responsible for broadening relationships with distribution partners, expanding general new business opportunities and the execution of underwriting strategy.

He is based in Alpharetta, Georgia, and reports to Britt Smith, senior vice-president and regional manager, US excess casualty.

Mr Smith said: “Thomas brings significant excess casualty underwriting experience and expertise, along with the ability to facilitate and nurture strong broker relationships that will help us meet the complex risk needs of our clients.

“Our opportunity is to engage brokers and clients as they navigate the excess casualty marketplace. We are problem solvers, providing options, alternatives and results. The addition of Thomas to our US excess casualty team will further strengthen the insights we bring to our partners in distribution as the market evolves.”

Mr Uribe joins Axis from Axa XL, where he was a senior underwriter – E&S excess casualty for the company’s western, central and southeast US regions.

Prior to that, he was a senior casualty underwriter for Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance. Mr Uribe also spent four years in excess casualty underwriting roles at Swiss Re, and began his career at AIG.