Gareth Howell to leave AXA Retail role

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AXA Retail executive managing director Gareth Howell is set to leave the insurer at the end of February.

Laurent Matras, currently managing director for personal intermediary and corporate partners, will take over from Howell on an interim basis, as the insurer considers its longer-term options.

Matras will join Jon Walker and Waseem Malik on the insurance leadership team with effect from 1 March.

Claudio Gienal, chief executive of AXA UK and Ireland, said: “I am grateful that Laurent has agreed to take on this role on an interim basis as we consider all our options. His knowledge of the business and years of expertise will ensure a smooth transition.”

“I would like to thank Gareth for his seven years of service and his contribution to AXA UK. I wish him well for the future.”

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