Management team

Frédéric Chappaz
Chief Executive Officer

Frédéric is CEO of Cooper Gay, responsible for the overall European operations and strategy including the origination of European investments and M&A.

He joined Cooper Gay in 2006 to set up the MGA operations and was subsequently promoted Chief Underwriting Officer until 2018 when he was appointed Chief Executive Officer.

Previously, Frédéric was Commercial Director of QBE France. Prior to its acquisition by QBE, Frédéric was CEO of Greenhill Sturge Underwriting France and Baia Underwriting Gmbh, responsible for the French and German operations. Earlier in his career, he held a number of underwriting positions at CTR/Odyssey Re, DIAC and Generali.

Frédéric is a graduate of ENASS and CHEA, French Insurance Management Schools, and holds an Executive MBA from the University of Paris.

Anne-Gaëlle Leillard
Chief Development Officer

Anne-Gaëlle is the Chief Development Officer of Cooper Gay, responsible for Corporate Development including the execution of European investments, M&A and other strategic development initiatives.

Prior to joining Cooper Gay in September 2019, Anne-Gaëlle was based in London where she had a number of senior roles at Catlin and Lloyd’s, managing strategic partnerships, global operations and international projects.

Previous positions in the insurance industry include Lloyd’s Country Manager for France.

Anne-Gaëlle holds a Masters degree in Management, Economics and Finance from the University of Paris and Executive diplomas from INSEAD and the London Business School.

Xavier de Richecour
Chief Operating Officer

Xavier is the Chief Operating Officer of Cooper Gay, responsible for IT strategy, Compliance and Claims operations and M&A integration.

He joined Cooper Gay in 2018 after having spent 15 years with HDI Global where he held a number of senior positions in France and Germany, managing international operations and projects, including the integration of Gerling with HDI France.

Earlier in his career, he had a number of underwriting and operational roles at CTR/Odyssey Re in France.

Xavier holds a Masters degree in Statistics and Actuarial Science from CNAM and an Executive MBA from the University of Paris.

Jérôme Benjamin
Chief Financial Officer

Jérôme is the Chief Financial Officer of Cooper Gay, responsible for all aspects of financial and tax management including M&A financial integration.

He joined Cooper Gay in 2008 to design and implement a new operating model for the finance department. He also led the development of a digitalisation strategy and the implementation of new accounting systems to support Cooper Gay’s growth plans.

Prior to joining Cooper Gay, Jérôme held various CFO and financial positions in the textile, food, media and luxury French industries.

Jérôme is a graduate from the Institute of Chartered Accountants in France.