AXIS expands global leadership with new CIO, strategic sourcing roles


Bermuda-based AXIS Capital Holdings has appointed new leadership figures in line with its go-to-market strategy, aimed at enhancing competitive advantage and return on investment.

AXIS has hired Stephen Lord (pictured right) as global chief information officer (CIO) and Robert Barriero (pictured left) as global head of strategic sourcing and corporate real estate. 

The company said the move is part of its efforts to enhance how it operates and goes to market through its “How We Work” programme, which was introduced by president and CEO Vince Tizzio in 2023.

As global CIO, Lord will report directly to Tizzio and serve on the company’s executive committee. He joins AXIS from The Hartford where his most recent role was CIO, global specialty, Corporate Systems, HIMCO, and Enterprise Architecture. Previously, Lord was CIO at Navigators Group and also held technology leadership roles at Endurance. Earlier in his career, Lord spent six years with AXIS, holding a number of leadership roles including CIO accident & health, global chief technology officer, and CIO reinsurance.

Barriero joins AXIS in the newly created role of global head of strategic sourcing and corporate real estate, and will report to chief administrative and legal officer Conrad Brooks. In this position, he will oversee the company’s vendor management and facilities teams as one consolidated unit. Most recently, Barriero served as head of property management – Americas at Morgan Stanley, following earlier leadership and management roles at Cushman & Wakefield, Deutsche Bank, Pfizer, and Goldman Sachs, among others.

Tizzio said: “Stephen is an excellent leader who brings a proven ability to architect and manage transformative, business-enabling technology initiatives to drive competitive advantage and return on investment. He has a deep understanding of the specialty insurance and reinsurance space, and of AXIS, and we’re so pleased to welcome him back to the Company.”

Brooks added: “Robert is a talented and seasoned leader who brings a pedigree of success at world class organizations driving strategic, transformative, and sustainable solutions. Reflective of the priority that AXIS places on talent and culture, Robert has a proven ability to create workplace environments and service solutions that support business unit requirements, advance colleague productivity, collaboration, and satisfaction while enabling efficiency and operational excellence.”

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