AXA Commercial appoints the former managing director of Arista in a newly created position

AXA has appointed former Arista managing director Nick Watson in a new role, as it seeks to build a cohesive commercial broker point of call.

In his role as director of commercial distribution and trading, Watson will have responsibility for broker marketing, development, the branch network and strategic partnerships.

In addition, current head of customer risk management, Douglas Barnett, has been promoted to head of mid-market.

Jon Walker, executive managing director, AXA Commercial, commented: “Over the last five years, AXA Commercial has grown and developed relationships to become a key part of most broker’s commercial offering. With over £1.1bn in GWP, a well-established, UK-wide branch network and propositions that cover the breadth of the commercial market, we need to ensure that we are not only offering brokers the best today but can continue to do so in the future.

“That’s why I have brought Nick in and placed a number of the key trading levers in his control. He has a great track record in broker distribution and I look forward to welcoming him to the team and working with him to build our distribution strategy for the future. I am also delighted to promote Douglas and ensure under his direction we continue to develop our Mid-Market proposition and maintain the growth momentum we have built in this core market segment.”