AXIS Insurance, the specialty insurance business segment of AXIS Capital Holdings Ltd., announced the hiring of three lead underwriters and three senior underwriters within its U.S. Cyber and Technology team.

The three lead undewriters are Ashley Sales, Southeast Regional underwriting manager, who will be based in Alpharetta, Georgia; Jonah Papesh, West Coast Regional underwriting manager, based in San Francisco; and Eric Allen, underwriting manager, in New York.Sales and Papesh will be responsible for underwriting profitability, portfolio management and execution of underwriting strategy for the U.S. Southeast and West Coast regions, respectively. Allen will work across all AXIS Insurance U.S. Cyber and Technology products, with a focus on distribution relationships and the execution of underwriting strategy.

Prior to AXIS, Sales was an assistant regional underwriting manager for Cyber and Technology at AIG, dedicated to the Southeast region. At AIG she previously held senior underwriter and underwriter positions, working across Professional and Cyber Liability.

Papesh joins AXIS from AXA XL, where he was a Cyber and Technology senior underwriter. Previously, he was a specialty E&O, security and privacy underwriter at Zurich North America.

Allen joins AXIS from Chubb where he was most recently vice president and team lead for Cyber and Technology Underwriting. Previously, Allen focused on cyber, technology and errors and omissions as an underwriting specialist at Liberty International Underwriters.

The company also appointed three senior underwriters to the U.S. Cyber and Technology team. They are: Nina Pappas, Matthew Jeske and Melissa Steinmetz have joined AXIS as senior underwriters. Pappas and Jeske will be based in Chicago, while Steinmetz will be based in Los Angeles.

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