Leeds and Newcastle branch manager Joanne Howliston (pictured) is now regional director for the North at AXA’s commercial lines business.
Assuming her new role yesterday, Howliston will be responsible for the direction and performance of the insurer’s six branches in the region. AXA said her promotion demonstrates the continuing importance of the branch network to the enterprise.
“Jo has a strong knowledge of the regional broker marketplace and a long history of managing trading operations across the regions,” commented Nick Watson, director of distribution & trading for commercial lines intermediary.
“Her experience within AXA and previously with other insurers like Zurich gives her a rounded knowledge of how best to deliver mutual value for brokers and the carrier.”
Meanwhile, to ensure a coordinated approach to trading and distribution relationships across the UK, the new regional director will be working closely with her counterpart for the South, Alan Scott.