AXA ART announces changes to senior leadership team


Global art insurance specialist, AXA ART, has announced changes to its senior leadership team and board of directors.

After serving for more than 10 years as chief operating officer, and most recently chief technical officer, Dr Bodo Sartorius will leave AXA ART at the end of this year to pursue other interests.  Dr Sartorius joined AXA ART in August 2002 and during his tenure, he was at the forefront of driving profitability and growth of AXA ART’s operations globally.

“Since joining AXA ART, Bodo has played a critical role in helping to develop AXA ART into the globally recognised art insurance specialist that it is today,” said AXA ART’s global CEO, Dr Ulrich Guntram. “I join my fellow board members, managers and employees in thanking Bodo for his exceptional dedication and leadership and wish him the very best in his new endeavours. He will be greatly missed”.

In response to Dr Sartorius’ impending departure, AXA ART initiated an executive succession plan, beginning with the appointment of Jean Gazançon to the position of chief operating officer and member of the management board of AXA ART Versicherung AG, in April of this year.   Prior to his appointment to AXA ART, Mr Gazançon held executive level management positions across AXA Group, serving in directorship roles in London, Japan and Hong Kong.

AXA ART has also announced that long-time AXA Group senior manager, Christian Muller, has been appointed chief technical officer and member of the board of AXA ART Versicherung AG, effective January 1, 2014.   Muller has held successive senior management functions and directorships across AXA France.  He joined AXA ART in 2004 as managing director of AXA ART France, Benelux and Middle East operations and specialises in new market development, company restructuring and product and technical development.

Meanwhile, Sylvie Gleises has been appointed managing director of AXA ART France, Benelux and the Middle East, effective January 2014. In addition to her extensive experience at one of the most important strategic consulting firms in London and Paris, Gleises has held various senior positions within the group investor relations, business support and development teams since joining AXA in 2006.

“I congratulate Christian Muller on his appointment to the board of AXA ART Versicherung  AG and welcome Sylvie Gleises as a member of our international management team,” said  Dr Guntram. “Collectively, we remain enthusiastic about AXA ART’s positioning and global business momentum.  I look forward to working alongside my fellow board members together with our management team to further AXA ART’s growth in existing and new markets, as well as to continue leading the art insurance industry in customer service and product innovation.”