AXA Insurance has appointed Martin Eyres as new head of Mid Corporate Risks, as part of enhancing its capability to accommodate larger risks.

Eyres will be responsible for driving the profitable growth of the mid corporate offering and will commence the process of drawing together his team of property, casualty and motor underwriting specialists.

The team will be based in London, Manchester and Birmingham, reflecting the size of the relevant broker market but also to ensure key decision makers are close to customers and respond effectively to their needs.

Eyres joins from CNA where he was European underwriting director of Property, looking after both the London market and UK regions, major risks and corporate account underwriting. Earlier to CNA, he served at AIG for 18 years and at RSA (Sun Alliance) for 10 years before that.

AXA Insurance Specialist Markets head Mike Phillips said that Martin brings a huge amount of experience and a very high profile appointment as the company continues to build its expertise to offer advice and products that are tailored to larger risks.