Hiscox appoints new European Chief Operating Officer

London, UK (6 June 2013) – Specialist insurer Hiscox has appointed a new European Chief Operating Officer, Florence Tondu-Melique.  Based in Paris, Florence will oversee the insurer’s operations in its 10 European locations across France, Germany, Spain, Portugal, the Netherlands and Belgium.


Florence joins Hiscox from AXA, where she spent six years – first, as Director of the CEO Office at AXA Investment Managers and most recently as Director at AXA Real Estate where she was in charge of Global Marketing and Communications and was also member of the Executive Committee. Prior to that, she spent seven years at McKinsey & Company as an Engagement Manager within its Financial Institutions Group and completed an MBA at Harvard Business School.

Michael Gould, Group Chief Operating Officer at Hiscox, commented: “Florence’s tremendous energy, experience and commercial acumen make her a natural fit for Hiscox and her appointment will really strengthen the existing team.”

Pierre-Olivier Desaulle, Managing Director of Hiscox Europe, added: “I am delighted that Florence has joined the team.  She has an instrumental part to play; not only in driving the growth of our European business but also in ensuring we continue to deliver a first class customer experience that looks and feels the same across geographies.”

Florence said: “Now is an interesting time for both the insurance industry as a whole and Hiscox as a company, so I look forward to getting under the skin of the business and helping us realise our ambitious growth plans this year and beyond.”


For further information please contact:


Hiscox Ltd

Lucy Hensher                        +44 (0) 20 7448 6619                      [email protected]


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About Hiscox


Hiscox, headquartered in Bermuda, is an international specialist insurance group listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE:HSX). There are three main underwriting parts of the Group – Hiscox London Market, Hiscox UK and Europe and Hiscox International. Hiscox London Market underwrites mainly internationally traded business in the London Market – generally large or complex business which needs to be shared with other insurers or needs the international licences of Lloyd’s. Hiscox UK and Hiscox Europe offer a range of specialist insurance for professionals and business customers, as well as high net worth individuals. Hiscox International includes operations in Bermuda, Guernsey and USA. 


For further information, visit www.hiscox.com .

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