Exciting developments for the MAXIS Distribution team.

  • David Schupak to head up Western Europe as well as the UK, Middle East & Africa

  • Lilia Gaouar promoted to Regional Manager for Western Europe

  • Sonia Rekik will take on Middle East and Africa following Lilia’s new appointment

MAXIS GBN is delighted to announce new organisational changes following a strong year of performance in 2017 and the first half of 2018. These changes will allow MAXIS GBN to target new markets and continue with planned international expansion.

In addition to his current role leading the UK, Middle East & African region, David Schupak will also head up the Western European market. David has been working in global benefits since 1998, having started with AIG in New York and Peru. He worked throughout Latin America and Europe and has been based in London for the last nine years. Andrew Stocker, Head of Distribution, MAXIS GBN commentedDavid’s strong results in leading the UK market and successful track record in developing key network relationships across multiple regions make him a strong fit for these important new responsibilities.”

Lilia Gaouar will report to David as the Regional Manager for Western Europe. Andrew says “Lilia has been a key driver of MAXIS GBN’s success in the Middle East and South Africa and is well positioned to step into this management role.” The Business Development team in Western Europe will report directly to Lilia and she will soon relocate to Paris. Lilia joined MAXIS in 2014 as a Global underwriter specialising in Middle East and Mediterranean markets. Since 2017, Lilia has had responsibility for Sales and Business Development in MAXIS GBN’s local markets in the Middle East and the non-French speaking countries in Africa.

As a result of Lilia’s promotion, Sonia Rekik will transition from her current role overseeing the Mediterranean market and French multinationals and will now assume all of the Middle East and Africa. Sonia has over 16 years’ experience and extensive knowledge of international health insurance markets such as Africa, Middle East and Europe.

Andrew summarises: “I am pleased to be in a position to announce these changes which compliment an already strong business development leadership team: Thomas Lienert for the NORCEE region, Juliet Kwek in Asia-Pacific and Ricardo Almeida covering the Americas. These organisational changes also reinforce MAXIS GBN’s commitment to our markets – particularly in important growth areas – as well as our commitment to the development of our people”. 



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MAXIS Global Benefits Network (MAXIS GBN), co-founded by MetLife and AXA in 1998 is one of the leading international employee benefits networks providing global service capabilities and delivering world-class employee benefits perspectives and solutions to clients in 110 markets around the world.  In February 2016, MetLife and AXA further strengthened their relationship by combining all of its MAXIS GBN existing operations under a joint venture company. This transformation helps leverage the existing strength of the network and its two parent companies while further enhancing the client experience, focusing on product innovation and providing data analytics. For more information, please visit

The MAXIS Global Benefits Network (“Network”) is a network of locally licensed MAXIS member insurance companies (“Members”) founded by AXA France Vie, Paris, France (AXA) and Metropolitan Life Insurance Company, New York, NY (MLIC). MAXIS GBN, registered with ORIAS under number 16000513, and with its registered office at 313, Terrasses de l’Arche – 92 727 Nanterre Cedex, France, is an insurance and reinsurance intermediary that promotes the Network. MAXIS GBN is jointly owned by affiliates of AXA and MLIC and does not issue policies or provide insurance; such activities are carried out by the Members. MAXIS GBN operates in the UK through UK establishment with its registered address at 1st Floor, The Monument Building, 11 Monument Street, London EC3R 8AF, Establishment Number BR018216 and in other European countries on a services basis. MAXIS GBN operates in the U.S. through MetLife Insurance Brokerage, Inc., with its address at 1095 Avenue of the Americas, NY, NY, 10036, a NY licensed insurance broker. MLIC is the only Member licensed to transact insurance business in NY. The other Members are not licensed or authorised to do business in NY and the policies and contracts they issue have not been approved by the NY Superintendent of Financial Services, are not protected by the NY state guaranty fund, and are not subject to all of the laws of NY.