AXA has named an interim executive managing director for AXA Retail while it considers longer-term options

AXA UK’s executive managing director of AXA Retail, Gareth Howell, is leaving the insurer at the end of this month.

Laurent Matras, AXA’s current managing director for personal intermediary and corporate partners, will replace Howell in the role on an interim basis, as the company considers longer-term options.

Matras will join Jon Walker and Waseem Malik on the AXA Insurance leadership team with effect from 1 March 2019.

Claudio Gienal, chief executive of AXA UK & Ireland, said: “I am grateful that Laurent has agreed to take on this role on an interim basis as we consider all our options. His knowledge of the business and years of expertise will ensure a smooth transition.

“I would like to thank Gareth for his seven years of service and his contribution to AXA UK. I wish him well for the future.”