A spirit reborn

Philippe Maso y Guell Rivet, the new chief executive officer (CEO) at Axa Insurance - or simply Philippe Maso as he is known in the industry - exudes a positive energy that is hard to ignore as he sits at his desk in the insurer's City office. He is also refreshingly candid during the interview, which takes place just seven months after he took on the role of transforming Axa in one of the toughest markets in a decade.

Mr Maso now oversees the insurer's operations in the commercial, personal and