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XL Appoints Michael Harth as Country Manager Germany

 — XL Appoints Michael Harth as Country Manager Germany Munich, Germany – 9 January, 2012 – The insurance segment of XL Group plc (“XL”) (NYSE: XL) today announced the appointment of Michael Harth as Country Manager Germany, effective 16 April. In this role he will be responsible for all the Group’s insurance business activities in Germany.

Michael Harth joins from Marsh GmbH, where he was a Member of the Management Board with co-responsibility for the company's Southern Region in Germany.

Prior to this, Mr. Harth held various positions within the Allianz Group, including that of Senior Underwriter Financial Lines at Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty AG (AGCS) with a focus on underwriting D&O insurance and providing insurance coverage for Initial Public and Bond Offerings, and Corporate Key Account Manager with responsibility for the entire product range within Allianz Group's Corporate client world.

Commenting on Mr. Harth’s appointment, Paolo Ribotta, Head of Global Distribution and Network, XL Group, said: “We are very pleased to count on Michael Harth to drive the development of our German operation, which is a strong pillar of our business in Europe. Michael’s extensive experience and entrepreneurial spirit will make him an invaluable asset for XL as we move forward.”

Gernot Klantschnig, Regional Manager Continental and Eastern Europe, added: “Michael is well placed to build on our momentum in the market and further grow our German business through offering a product mix that responds to market needs. His energy and passion will be very beneficial for clients, brokers and all our colleagues in Munich, throughout the country and the whole group.”

Michael Harth will be based at XL Group’s German head offices in Munich. He holds an MBA degree from the Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich.

About XL Group plc
XL Group plc, through its subsidiaries, is a global insurance and reinsurance company providing property, casualty and specialty products to industrial, commercial and professional firms, insurance companies and other enterprises throughout the world.

XL is the company clients look to for answers to their most complex risks and to help move their world forward. Its principal offices are located at No.1 Hatch Street Upper, 4th Floor, Dublin 2, Ireland. To learn more, visit www.xlgroup.com

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