Philippe Vivares has been appointed underwriting manager for offshore energy at Arch Insurance.

Vivares' appointment will take effect from May 2006. He joins Arch from Axa Re, where he was the Paris-based class manager for marine and offshore energy. He will be based in London in his new role.

Robert Van Gieson, president and chief executive of Arch Europe, said: “We are delighted that an underwriter of Philippe's calibre is joining our team. He brings additional underwriting expertise and recognised leadership capabilities to our established Marine and Offshore Energy underwriting practice — which will further enhance our ability to respond to the needs of our clients in this highly challenging market.”