NEW YORK, June 24, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- XL Group adds marine underwriting expertise with the addition of John E. Ellis to its North America Marine business in New York. Commenting on the appointment, Rich DeSimone, President of XL Group's North America Marine business, said: "Two years ago, we set out to build a best-in-class ocean and inland marine staff and broaden our product portfolio to provide the marine industry with a one-stop risk management resource. We continue to do just that, attracting our industry's top talent to help us carry out the high level of attention and service we aim to deliver. Not only does John share our service commitment, but with nearly three decades of marine industry experience and strong market relationships, he adds more strength to our team. He's going to have a big impact on our profitable growth aspirations throughout the Northeast." In his new role at XL Group, John will be responsible for managing and building XL Group's Marine Cargo, Primary and Excess Marine Liability, Inland Marine, and Blue Water and Brown Water Hull business throughout the Northeast. John joins XL Group from International Marine Underwriters/One Beacon where he held the position of regional vice president and was responsible for building a profitable book of business in the Atlantic Region. John's 25-year marine underwriting career also included positions with Royal & Sun Alliance and Global Special Risks, Inc. About XL Group plc's Insurance Operations XL Group plc's insurance companies offer property, casualty, professional and specialty insurance products globally. Businesses that are moving the world forward choose XL as their partner. To learn more, visit xlgroup.com/insuranceAbout XL Group plc XL Group plc (NYSE: XL), 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 XL House, 8 St.Stephen's Green, Dublin 2, Ireland. To learn more, visit xlgroup.com XL Group is the global brand used by XL Group plc's insurance and reinsurance subsidiaries.