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QBE European Operations appoints Ian France as Head of Property

QBE has appointed Ian France as Head of Property, European Operations.

Ian joins from AXA XL where he was International Property Manager and has previously held senior property roles at XL Catlin and AIG.

In his new role, Ian will be working with each of the property underwriting teams in developing the underwriting strategy to deliver greater value to QBE’s customers. He reports to Stephanie Cryer who was recently promoted from the role to Head of Product Leaders, QBE European Operations.

Stephanie Cryer, Head of Product Leaders, QBE European Operation, said: “I am delighted to welcome Ian to the role. As Head of Property, he will be working closely with our underwriting teams to manage our property portfolio and risk appetite as well as the alignment of technical underwriting priorities and tools to ensure we deliver the best solutions for our customers.”




For further information contact:

Sandra Villanueva, Corporate Communications, QBE, 020 7105 5284,

Alexis Burris, Corporate Communications, QBE, 020 3465 3921,


About QBE

QBE helps businesses build resilience through risk management and insurance.

QBE European Operations is part of QBE Insurance Group, one of the world’s leading international insurers and reinsurers and Standard & Poor’s A+ rated. Listed on the Australian Securities Exchange, QBE’s gross written premium for the year ended 31 December 2020 was US$14.7 billion.

As a business insurance specialist, QBE European Operations offers a range of insurance products from the standard suite of property, casualty and motor to the specialist financial lines, marine and energy. All are tailored to the individual needs of our small, medium and large customer base.

We understand the crucial role that effective risk management plays in all organisations and work hard to understand our customers’ businesses so that we offer insurance solutions that meet their needs – from complex programmes to simpler e-trading solutions – and support them in minimising their risk exposures. Our expert risk management and rehabilitation practitioners focus on helping customers improve their risk management so that they may benefit from a reduction in claims frequency and costs.