Richard AbizaidRegional Product Leader and Head of the Americas, Political Risk, Credit & Bond at AXA XL
Richard is Regional Product Leader and Head of the Americas for AXA XL’s Political Risk, Credit & Bond. Based out of Washington, D.C., Richard joined AXA XL in August 2016. He currently manages a team of seven underwriters located in Bermuda, NY, Toronto and Washington DC. Prior to joining AXA XL, Richard was with Zurich's Credit & Political Risk group for eight and a half years. For five of those years, Richard was in Singapore where he managed the Asia-Pacific regional team from 2012 until 2014. His last position at Zurich was as Senior Vice President and Head of the Americas, Zurich Credit & Political Risk. Richard also spent ten years with the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) in its Political Risk Insurance Department. His last position was as Regional Director of the Eurasia group. Richard earned his B.A. in Near East Studies from the University of Arizona and his M.A. in International Transactions from George Mason University.