AXIS Capital Holdings' insurance segment has appointed John Van Decker as executive vice president and head of North American Professional Lines.

In this newly created role, Van Decker will oversee AXIS Insurance’s professional lines underwriting units in the US and Bermuda.

Based in New Jersey, Van Decker will report to Jack Kuhn, chief underwriting officer of AXIS Insurance and global practice leader of AXIS Professional Lines.

Van Decker joins AXIS Insurance from Catlin US where he developed and led various professional liability and management liability lines.

Prior to joining Catlin in 2006, Van Decker served as president of the Professional Liability Division of Quanta US Holdings responsible for a broad array of management and professional liability insurance product lines.

Kuhn said that John has extensive experience leading professional lines insurance operations. His expertise and unwavering focus on underwriting excellence fit in well with their management team.