Executive Management

AXA's Executive Management comprises the Chairman & Chief Executive Officer and the Deputy Chief Executive Officer. A Management Committee and an Executive Committee also support the operational management of the Group.

The Chairman & Chief Executive Officer (PDG)

In the context of the change in AXA's governance structure that occured in 2010, the Board of Directors appointed on April 29, 2010, Mr. Henri de Castries to hold the position of Chairman of the Board of Directors in addition to his functions as Chief Executive Officer for the duration of his term of office as director, i.e. four years. According to French law, Mr. de Castries is characterized as the Président Directeur Général or PDG. On April 23, 2014, the Board of Directors re-appointed Mr. Henri de Castries as Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer.

The Chairman & Chief Executive Officer is vested with the broadest powers to act on behalf of the Company and represents the Company vis-à-vis third parties. He exercises these powers within the scope of the corporate purpose and subject to the powers expressly assigned by law to the shareholders' meetings and to the Board of Directors.

The Deputy Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Denis Duverne has been appointed Deputy Chief Executive Officer by the Board of Directors on April 23, 2014, for the duration of his term of office as director, i.e. four years.

His role is to second the Chairman & Chief Executive Officer. The Board of Directors determines the scope of the powers vested in the Deputy Chief Executive Officer, who is specifically in charge of Finance, Strategy and Operations of the Group.

The Management Committee

The Chairman & Chief Executive Officer has decided to establish a Management Committee to assist him in the operational management of the Group. The Management Committee has no formal decision making authority. This Committee currently comprises eight members:

  • Mr. Henri de Castries, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
  • Mr. Denis Duverne, Deputy Chief Executive Officer in charge of Finance, Strategy and Operations
  • Mr. Jean-Laurent Granier, Chief Executive Officer of the Mediterranean and Latin America Region business unit, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of AXA Global P&C and in charge of overseeing the worldwide operations of AXA Corporate Solutions
  • Mr. Peter Kraus, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of AllianceBernstein (United States)
  • Mr. Nicolas Moreau, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of AXA France also in charge of overseeing the worldwide operations of AXA Assistance and AXA Global Direct
  • Mr. Mark Pearson, President and Chief Executive Officer of AXA Financial, Inc. (United States)
  • Mr. Jacques de Vaucleroy, Chief Executive Officer for the Northern, Central and Eastern Europe business unit and Global Head of Life & Savings and Health
  • Mrs. Véronique Weill, Group Chief Operating Officer

At the end of the first three quarters, the Management Committee conducts QBRs, during which the performance of the AXA Group is reviewed. These QBRs were introduced in 2000 to provide Management with a clear and consistent framework for: (1) reviewing operational performance and monitoring the progress of key projects using quantifiable standards of measurement defined in collaboration with the Management Committee; (2) assessing the status of Group transversal projects; and (3) exchanging ideas and information on key Group strategic orientations.

The Executive Committee

The Management Committee is supported by an Executive Committee. Its principal mission is to review and define the Group's strategy.

The Executive Committee is composed of the members of the Management Committee as well as other key senior executives from accross the Group selected on the basis of their role in the organization (central or local).

The Executive Committee is an internal committee which has no formal decision making power, it plays an important role in assisting the Executive Management to effectively manage the Group's operating businesses, consider strategic initiatives and other subjects the Executive Management deems appropriate from time to time. The Executive Committee usually meets four times a year.

On January 1st, 2014, the Executive Committee was comprised of the following nineteen members, including eleven non-French nationals:

  • Mr. Henri de Castries, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of the AXA Group
  • Mr. Michael Bishop, Chief Executive Officer of AXA Asia
  • Mr. Thomas Buberl, Chief Executive Officer of AXA Konzern AG (Germany)
  • Mr. Denis Duverne, Deputy Chief Executive Officer of AXA in charge of Finance, Strategy and Operations
  • Mr. Paul Evans, Chief Executive Officer of AXA UK
  • Mr. Jean-Laurent Granier, Chief Executive Officer of the Mediterranean and Latin America Region business unit, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of AXA Global P&C and in charge of overseeing the worldwide operations of AXA Corporate Solutions
  • Mr. Stéphane Guinet, Chief Executive Officer of AXA Global Direct
  • Mr. Gérald Harlin, Group Chief Financial Officer
  • Mr. Peter Kraus, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of AllianceBernstein (United States)
  • Mr. Jean-Louis Laurent Josi, Chief Executive Officer of AXA Japan
  • Mr. Nicolas Moreau, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of AXA France also in charge of overseeing the worldwide operations of AXA Assistance and AXA Global Direct
  • Mr. Mark Pearson, President & Chief Executive Officer of AXA Financial, Inc. (United States)
  • Mr. Antimo Perretta, Chief Executive Officer of AXA Winterthur
  • Mr. Andrea Rossi, Chief Executive Officer of AXA Investment Managers
  • Mr. George Stansfield, AXA Group General Counsel and Head of Group Human Resources
  • Mr. Emmanuel de Talhouët, Chief Executive Officer of AXA Belgium
  • Mr. Christian Thimann, Group Head of Strategy & Public Affairs
  • Mr. Jacques de Vaucleroy, Chief Executive Officer for the Northern, Central and Eastern Europe business unit and Global Head of Life & Savings and Health
  • Mrs. Véronique Weill, Group Chief Operating Officer

The Executive Committee holds quaterly meetings to assess the status of Group transversal projects and monitor the implementation of the strategic plan "Ambition AXA".