Axis Capital Holdings, a Bermuda-based global provider of specialty lines insurance and reinsurance products, has appointed Dean Benner as executive vice president and chief investment officer, effective June 30, 2008.

Mr Benner will report to David Greenfield, CFO of the company. Mr Benner joins Axis with over 30 years of experience in investment management. Most recently, he was a managing director with Deutsche Asset Management, where he provided investment management services to major insurance clients.

Prior to his tenure at Deutsche Asset Management, Mr Benner had overseen the entire range of fixed income assets through management positions at financial services firms including Credit Suisse Asset Management, Brundage Story and Rose and Chase Investors Investment Management.

Mr Greenfield said: We are delighted to have someone of Dean Benner’s qualifications join Axis as chief investment officer (CIO). Dean’s background and significant experience in fixed income investment management and in insurance company investment management bring additional breadth and depth to management of our investment portfolio.