Our Leadership

Michael S. McGavick


Chief Executive Officer, XL Group Ltd

Mike McGavick has been chief executive officer of XL Group Ltd since 2008. With Mike as CEO, XL has built its premier position as the company its clients and partners look to for solutions to complex risks.

In 2014, Mike was named the Insurance Leader of the Year by St. John’s University School of Risk Management. Previously he has been recognized as one of the top 100 Game Changers in the last hundred years of the insurance industry by Leaders Edge, the Bermuda Insurance Institute’s (Re)insurance Person of the Year, the Review Magazine’s Industry Personality of the Year and Reactions Magazine’s Insurance CEO of the Year.

Mike is currently the Chairman of the Geneva Association and is a Director and Immediate Past Chairman of the Association of Bermuda Insurers & Reinsurers. He is on the board of the Global Reinsurance Forum, the American Insurance Association, the Insurance Information Institute and the International Insurance Society.

From 2001 to 2005, Mike was chairman, president and CEO of Safeco Corporation. Prior to joining Safeco, Mike spent six years with CNA Financial Corporation, where he held various senior positions, including president and CEO of the company's largest commercial insurance unit.

Mike has been involved in a number of industry, political, public affairs and community service activities. He was a vice chairperson of the American Insurance Association and served as director of its Superfund Improvement Project. He is a former chief of staff in the United States Senate and ran for the US Senate in the State of Washington. Mike was the founding chairperson of the Business Partnership for Early Learning and is also on the board of Landesa, a nonprofit organization that helps the rural poor around the globe obtain land rights. He was named the Puget Sound Business Journal's Executive of the Year in 2003 and was the 2005 winner of the prestigious Charles E. Odegaard award for his efforts in promoting diversity at the University of Washington.

Mike is also a founding member of the Washington D.C.-based old boys’ rugby club, the Wild Geese RFC.

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