Clive R. Tobin, Chief Executive of XL's Insurance Operations, stated that David B. Duclos, formerly Chief Underwriting Officer for Specialty Lines, would assume the position of Chief Operating Officer for XL Insurance, reporting to Mr. Tobin. In this capacity, Mr. Duclos will be responsible for the underwriting, sales and regional management of XL's worldwide insurance operations.
"By positioning our insurance underwriting and regional management under Dave, we believe we will be able to deliver more robust and better integrated support to our customers across all of our platforms. I am confident that Dave's background and management strength will enable him to lead this very critical part of our business," said Mr. Tobin. "Dave's oversight of our operations will enable me to focus more attention on strategic business and marketing opportunities, and I am confident that this realignment will enable us to continue the substantial progress we have made in our insurance segment over recent years," added Mr. Tobin.
Dermot O'Donohoe will assume Mr. Duclos' former role as Chief Underwriting Officer for Specialty Lines. He will remain head of XL's UK and Ireland region until a successor is named. Mr. O'Donohoe will report to Mr. Duclos in his new role, as will the current heads of business lines and regions within XL's insurance segment.
"These changes are the next step in a process we started two years ago to more fully integrate operations in XL Insurance. We have made great progress towards the goals we set then and it is now time to move on to the next stage. I am confident that we have assembled the right team to lead this effort," said Mr. Tobin.
XL Capital Ltd, through its operating subsidiaries, is a leading provider of insurance and reinsurance coverages and financial products and services to industrial, commercial and professional service firms, insurance companies and other enterprises on a worldwide basis. As of September 30, 2005, XL Capital Ltd had consolidated assets of approximately $54.9 billion and consolidated shareholders' equity of approximately $7.0 billion. More information about XL Capital Ltd is available at www.xlgroup.com.
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