WEDNESDAY, FEB 29: Valerie F. Gooding has been appointed to the XL Groups’ board of directors.

Ms Gooding’s appointment will become effective at the company’s April board meeting.

XL Chairman Robert Glauber said: “We are delighted to have Val join the XL Board. As XL continues to execute its strategic growth ambitions, I believe that Val’s extensive and diverse global business experience will serve us well. We look forward to Val’s many contributions.”

XL also announced that Ellen Thrower, who has served as an independent director of XL since 1995, will retire from the Board effective immediately.

Mr. Glauber said: “We are most grateful to Ellen for her long service to XL, stretching out over more than 15 years.

“As she alters her professional focus, we can understand her decision to step down now.

“She has been a valuable presence, from her work on our Audit and Nominating, Governance & External Affairs committees, to the perspective she brought as the former executive director of St. John’s School of Risk Management, Insurance and Actuarial Science (from 2001-2010), her impact has been meaningful and will be missed.”