Axa Group has appointed Jerome Droesch as new CEO for the Gulf region. He was previously regional CEO for the South-West region of Axa France. He will replace Jean-Louis Laurent Josi, appointed CEO of Axa Japan.

Droesch will report to Jean-Laurent Granier, CEO of the Mediterranean and Latin America region, and will be in charge of the insurance activities of Axa in Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Qatar and Oman.

Droesch joined Axa Group in 1991 within the central direction of the organization in Paris. He then held several commercial, operational and managerial positions in French regions and in Paris.

In 2003, he was appointed P&C insurance organization director in France before taking the lead of the sales and distribution direction for the French West Region in 2005. He became Regional CEO for the South-West French region in 2008.

Granier said that under the leadership of Jean-Louis, Axa has become the first international non-life insurer in the Gulf region, one of the more attractive growing markets in the world.

"I am convinced that his great knowledge of the insurance business lines and his people and managerial qualities will serve Jerome to pursue and strengthen the dynamic growth in this region with the support of AXA Gulf’s teams," Granier said.