XL Insurance, the global insurance operations of XL Group, has launched a new regional aviation underwriting group in Chicago and also appointed Brian Ackland to class underwriter.

Ackland joins XL Insurance from Aviation Insurance Services (AIS) of Illinois.

In addition to his experience as a broker with AIS, his professional experience includes various underwriting positions with AIG Aviation and United States Aircraft Insurance Group, both in Chicago.

XL Insurance Aviation unit regional manager for North America Eric Donofrio said, the company is off to a good start in Chicago. Bringing both broker and underwriting experience, Brian is a strong addition to the company’s underwriting team.

“Now with underwriters in Chicago, New York, and San Francisco, our brokers have more direct access to experienced staff who understands aviation risks and the needs of our clients. We’re looking forward to expanding this team in the very near future to be even more responsive to needs of the aviation industry in the US Midwest,” Donofrio said.

XL Insurance’s global Aerospace operations provide a broad spectrum of coverage for US based and international airlines, products manufacturers, general aviation and space risks around the world.