French insurer AXA has named Francois Pierson as global head of its P&C insurance operations, Nicolas Moreau as new CEO of AXA France, and Paul Evans as new CEO of AXA UK. These appointments will be effective from October 1, 2010.

Mr Pierson, a member of AXA’s management committee, has been chairman and CEO of AXA France since 2001 and is, since January 2010, global head of AXA’s P&C insurance operations, in charge of defining strategy, setting goals and managing the operational convergence of AXA’s property & casualty businesses. In this role, he will keep the direct management responsibility of

AXA Assistance, AXA Corporate Solutions, AXA Global Direct and AXA Canada.

Mr Moreau, a member of AXA’s management committee, has been CEO of AXA UK since 2006, in charge of AXA’s life & savings, property & casualty and health insurance activities in the UK and Ireland.

Mr Evans, currently deputy CEO of AXA UK, will become CEO of AXA UK. He has been in charge of AXA UK’s life & savings operations between 2003 and 2010. He will also join the firms executive committee.

Henri de Castries, chairman and CEO of AXA, said: “Francois Pierson has done a fantastic job at the helm of AXA France, and I am very pleased that our P&C operations across the world will now fully benefit from his expertise and his vision.

“Over his 19 year experience at AXA, Nicolas Moreau has shown great leadership and strategic insight. I am convinced he will leverage his very deep knowledge of the group and its values to successfully continue to develop AXA in France and to continuously improve the quality of the services we provide to our ninr million clients.

“The executive committee is also very happy to welcome Paul Evans. He has been instrumental in the repositioning of our UK life operations and I am sure he will succeed in his new role.”