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Reflecting AXA LM’s company culture, the leadership team is international, shows an entrepreneurial spirit and acts through collective decision-making. Meet the women and men who drive AXA LM.

Sylvain Villeroy de Galhau


  • In charge of the overall management of the company
  • Experience in underwriting non-life insurance and previously in charge of developing the French, Canadian, and UK entities on behalf of the AXA Group.
  • Supelec, MsC HEC
  • French

John Byrne

Head of Business Development

  • In charge of AXA LM's acquisition strategy
  • Member of AXA LM Fund Management’s Investment Committee
  • CEO of Cologne RE Dublin before joining AXA
  • 20 years of experience in reinsurance, accounting, finance, and underwriting
  • Chartered accountant, University College Dublin (Bachelor of Commerce)
  • Irish

Claudia Ingenhoven

Chief Financial Officer / CEO AXA LM Switzerland

  • Overall management of actuarial, accounting, and corporate finance functions
  • In charge of the Swiss entity
  • Nine years of experience as CFO of AXA LM Switzerland and twenty years in Finance (Insurance and Reinsurance sector)
  • University Degree of Economics (Germany)
  • German and Swiss

Karen le Duc

Head of Business Support, Human Resources and Integration

  • In charge of information systems and data management strategies
  • In charge of Human Resources & Communications
  • In charge of integration of acquisitions (portfolios and entities)
  • Head of Global Shared Services Center
  • Extensive experience in managing transversal projects, including 17 years at AXA
  • British

Tom Taylor

General Counsel / Head of Global Operations / CEO AXA LM USA

  • In charge of legal affairs
  • In charge of the finality strategy
  • CEO of the US entity
  • Nineteen years of experience as an insurance and reinsurance lawyer in private practice and in-house
  • Served in the British Army as a Royal Engineer Officer
  • BSc Hons, Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice
  • British

Cédric de Linares

Founder and member of the Supervisory Board

  • Founding manager of AXA Liabilities Managers, former CEO and Executive President of AXA Liabilities Managers
  • Experience in banking, private equity, and M&A before taking over as the head of AXA Group Corporate Finance for three years
  • Degree in economics and a graduate of the Institut des Sciences Politiques (Sciences Po) Paris
  • French