The appointments are in line with AXA’s wider ‘Ambition 2020’ plans

AXA has today announced the appointment of John Heaney as its new head of schemes and Tim Yorke as the new director of transformation.

The appointments come not long after Brendan McCafferty left his role as chief executive of intermediated and direct.

Heaney will report to Deepak Soni, current director of commercial intermediary e-trading, who will lead the revamped schemes unit as part of a new, expanded role within the commercial leadership team.

Heaney has previously held roles at AIG and Hiscox, where he was global underwriting officer and head of UK retail underwriting, respectively.

The new director of transformation, Tim Yorke has held a number of previous roles including chief operating officer for ERS.

Yorke will lead the delivery of the transformation programme for AXA‘s commercial lines business, with overall responsibility for the change and operations teams for an initial 12-month period.

John Walker, executive managing director of commercial at AXA Insurance, said: 

“Schemes business is a vital element of our future growth and I am delighted that John has joined AXA to help spearhead our efforts. John has significant experience in developing strong books of schemes business and will work closely with Deepak in his new role to deliver the same at AXA.

“In tandem, securing the expertise of Tim is a huge statement of intent and confirmation of our determination to continue evolving and meeting the demands of brokers. He brings diverse, hands-on experience of delivering strategic change and in 2018 will help us to deliver a step change in the delivery of our modernisation programme.

“With these roles in place, I am confident we can continue our strong push toward our goals for 2020 and beyond.”

Both Heaney and Yorke will join up with AXA on 22 January 2018.