XL Group has named Eileen Whelley as executive vice president, chief human resources officer for the firm, who will replace Elizabeth L Reeves, after her retirement.

Whelley will take charge from 18 June 2012, and report to XL chief executive officer Michael McGavick and serve on XL’s leadership team.

McGavick said Eileen has a proven track record of attracting and retaining top talent and designing strategies to drive transformation and accountability at global companies.

Prior to accepting the current role, Whelley has been working as human resources for The Hartford Financial Services Group, since 2006.

Whelley worked for 17 years at General Electric prior to joining The Hartford, where she held a number of human resources leadership roles, such as serving as executive vice president of human resources at GE’s NBC Universal subsidiary from 2002 to 2006.

In this position, she spearheaded HR through acquisitions of Telemundo and cable channel Bravo and led the HR integration of NBC’s merger with Universal.

Before joining NBCU, Whelley held the position of vice president of human resources excellence for GE Capital.

XL Group, through its subsidiaries, provides property, casualty and specialty products to industrial, commercial and professional firms, insurance companies and other enterprises globally.