Maria Duhart


Head of Commercial Surety


Maria has been the Head of Commercial Bonds at AXA XL since May 2017. She joined AXA XL with 20 years of experience in insurance, business strategy and finance.

Prior to joining XL Catlin, Maria headed the Commercial Surety operation at Nationwide for 3 years. She held the roles of Regional Commercial Surety Manager, Assistant Vice President and Senior Surety Underwriting Specialist at Chubb. With Chubb, her responsibilities ranged from corporate development and strategy, where she worked with senior management to implement corporate strategies, including a three-year strategic plan for surety, to managing the credit portfolio of loss sensitive programs at Chubb Commercial Insurance. In 2009, she moved to the Surety Division, where she led the largest commercial surety team in the U.S. She served as the President of the New Jersey Surety Association in 2014.

Prior to joining Chubb, she worked in Strategic Planning at a Latin American Retail and Finance Group and in Corporate Banking at ABN Amro Bank.
Maria majored in Economics in Argentina from the Catholic University of Argentina, completed a Certificate in Administration and Management at Harvard University and an MBA in Strategy and Finance at New York University Stern. She is also a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) charter holder.