ACE European Group has appointed Steve Dixon as the new regional managing director of ACE Middle East and North Africa (MENA).

Mr Dixon succeeds Giles Ward, who has led ACE MENA since 2006, and has now been appointed to the position of CEO of ACE Australia and New Zealand.

Mr Dixon has been with ACE since the acquisition of Cigna in 1999. In 2001 he assumed the position of casualty manager for Continental Europe and Emerging Markets. In April 2006 he moved to Tokyo as regional vice president and director of ACE Far East responsible for the P&C and personal lines businesses.

Andrew Kendrick, chairman and CEO of ACE European Group, said: “Steve takes the helm of a fast growing, successful regional business.

“I would like to thank Giles Ward for his significant contribution in establishing our MENA operation, which now comprises Egypt, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and the UAE via the Regional Office in Bahrain, which ACE established in 2007. Steve is the ideal candidate to lead this business as we go from strength to strength.”