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Reflecting AXA LM’s company culture, the leadership team is international, shows an entrepreneurial spirit and acts through collective decision-making. Meet the women and men who drive AXA LM.

Sylvain Villeroy de Galhau


  • In charge of the overall management of the company
  • Previously AXA LM CFO , AXA LM UK CEO of and AXA LM's Acquisition Strategy Director
  • Experience in underwriting non-life insurance and previously in charge of developing the French, Canadian, and UK entities on behalf of the AXA Group.
  • Supelec, MsC HEC
  • French
  • Speaks: French, English, German, Italian

John Byrne

Head of Business Development

  • In charge of AXA LM's acquisition strategy
  • Member of AXA LM Fund Management’s Investment Committee
  • Previously AXA LM CFO , AXA LM UK CEO, and AXA LM Head of Operations
  • CEO of Cologne RE Dublin before joining AXA
  • 22 years of experience in reinsurance, accounting, finance, and underwriting
  • Chartered accountant, University College Dublin (Bachelor of Commerce)
  • Irish
  • Speaks: English

Karen le Duc

CEO AXA LM USA / Head of Business Support, Human Resources and Integration

  • In charge of information systems and data management strategies
  • In charge of Human Resources & Communications
  • In charge of integration of acquisitions (portfolios and entities)
  • CEO of the US entity
  • Head of Global Shared Services Center
  • Extensive experience in managing transversal projects, including 19 years at AXA
  • British
  • Speaks: English, French

Tom Taylor

General Counsel / Head of Operations

  • In charge of legal affairs
  • In charge of the finality strategy
  • Previously CEO AXA LM USA
  • 21 years of experience as an insurance and reinsurance lawyer in private practice and in-house
  • Served in the British Army as a Royal Engineer Officer
  • BSc Hons, Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice
  • British
  • Speaks: English, French, Swedish

Wolfgang Huber

CEO AXA LM Switzerland

  • In charge of the Swiss entity
  • In charge of the German fund carriers
  • Previously CFO AXA LM Switzerland
  • 20 years of experience in reinsurance, accounting, finance and risk management
  • University degree in Economics (Germany)
  • German
  • Speaks: German, English

Jennifer Lejeune

Chief Financial Officer

  • Overall management of accounting and corporate finance functions
  • In charge of Investors Relations
  • Previously General Director of AXA LM Fund Management
  • Previously Vice President Investors Relations for GIE AXA
  • 16 years of experience in Finance
  • Bachelor of Science in Mathematics (USA), Fellow of the Society of the Actuaries (USA)
  • American and Polish
  • Speaks: English, French

Alain De Lavernette

Chief Actuary / Chief Risk Officer

  • In charge of the Actuarial and Risk Management departments
  • Deputy General Director of AXA LM Fund Management
  • 10 years of experience within AXA LM
  • 26 years of experience in the Insurance and Finance industry
  • Certified Actuary (France), Ponts et Chaussées (France)
  • French
  • Speaks: French, English, Spanish

Pascal Salelles

Business Development Director

  • In charge of the implementation of AXA LM’s acquisitions plan
  • General Director of AXA LM Fund Management
  • Previously Head of Commutations at AXA LM
  • 26 years of experience within AXA in acquisition strategy, commutations, customer relationship management, economic performance and underwriting
  • Certified Actuary (France), Labour and Social Sciences Institute (France)
  • French
  • Speaks: French, English, Turkish