Profiles in Risk – E 139: AXA XL Construction, Gary Kaplan and Justin Gress

On this episode, Carey Anne Nadeau interviews Justin Gress and Gary Kaplan of AXA XL Construction business line. We discuss their team’s innovative approach to talent development, identifying insurtechs, and piloting new technologies. 



Gary Kaplan, President of Construction at AXA XL
Gary is a highly disciplined and results-focused leader with the proven track record developing and motivating high performance teams. As President of Construction at AXA XL, he is responsible for all six P&C product lines including Property, Primary Casualty, Excess Casualty, Professional, Pollution, and Subcontractor Default insurance.

Gary Kaplan shared the following resources, many of which are mentioned in this podcast: 

“Building a Customer-Focused Business from the Ground Up”
Carrier Management Magazine – August 2017

“The Benefits of Having One Insurer to Meet All of Your Needs”
Reuters – October 2018

“Business planning that looks beyond the bottom line” – August 2018

 “A winning formula: Customer-centric business strategy” – June 2018

“Keeping ahead of competition” – April 2018

 “4 Keys to Incredible Employee Engagement”
Science of Story – April 2018


Justin Gress, Director of Strategic Operations – Chief Operating Officer at AXA XL
As the Chief Operating Officer (COO)/Director of Strategic Operations for AXA XL, Justin is focused on owning and driving our overall Operational and Strategic Plans across Canada and North America Construction. He reports to the President of NA Construction and the CEO of AXA XL Canada. Justin has written multiple articles, including:

“Constructive Conversations: Building customer-focused operations”
FastFast Forward – December 2018

“Getting started with continuous improvement”
FastFast Forward – September 2018

“Show Me the Money! Using Data to Drive Cost-Effective Innovation in the Construction Industry”
FastFast Forward – January 2018


About Carey Anne Nadeau

Carey Anne Nadeau is the founder and CEO of ODN, a geospatial statistics insurtech focused on measuring the world of risk around insured customers. Her expertise is specifically in entrepreneurship, machine learning, and data, with a special focus on urban areas. Carey Anne is a Research Affiliate at MIT and formerly was a Data Analyst for the Brookings Institution and Urban Institute. Her work has been featured in the New York Times, Washington Post, and the Atlantic, among others. Carey Anne lives and works in New York.

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