XL Group has appointed Chris Cooke as vice president, hull and liabilities to its North American Marine business unit in a bid to boost its underwriting expertise.

Prior to XL Group, Cooke served as National Hull and Liabilities practice leader at Travelers.

Cooke’s responsibilities include development of policy forms, underwriting manuals, procedures, and initiatives to drive growth in Hull, P&I, Marine Liabilities, Marine Professional Liability and Excess Liabilities.

Cooke also held positions both as field and Home Office positions in the Hull & Liabilities and Excess departments.

While working with MOAC/Continental-owned Lombard General Insurance, Cooke handled Hong Kong-based Marine Department for two years.

XL Group is a global insurance and reinsurance company that offer property, casualty and specialty products to industrial, commercial and professional firms, insurance companies and other enterprises globally.