MAXIS GBN, the international employee benefits joint venture between MetLife and AXA, is announcing the appointment of Nicola Fordham as its new Director of Underwriting.

Nicola Fordham joins MAXIS GBN as Director of Underwriting

MAXIS Global Benefits Network (MAXIS GBN), the international employee benefits joint venture between MetLife and AXA, is announcing the appointment of Nicola Fordham as its new Director of Underwriting.

Nicola joins from MetLife UK, where she was Chief Pricing Underwriter which included being responsible for the technical relationship between MetLife UK and MAXIS GBN. In this role, she led a 25‑strong team of underwriters and was responsible for their ongoing training and development, managing risk controls, and developing relevant tools and procedures.

Her experience at MetLife UK also included building and delivering training experiences for employee benefits associates and consultants throughout the UK. She was named as Pricing Underwriting subject matter expert for product development projects including MetLife adding flexible benefits to its product offering. 

Before joining MetLife UK, Nicola built a successful career in life and disability underwriting working with Unum, Generali and Zurich. Her responsibilities have included developing pricing tools, building company underwriting manuals and managing extensive client portfolios.

Matthias Helmbold, Head of Technical & Services, MAXIS GBN, said: “We wholeheartedly welcome Nicola to the team. Her experience with MetLife UK means she brings excellent insights into how we can best partner and support our members throughout the MAXIS GBN network, while her deep industry knowledge will help us to further refine and develop our solutions.”

Nicola Fordham, Director of Underwriting at MAXIS GBN, said: “I am delighted to be joining the Technical & Services team at MAXIS GBN. Having worked alongside the business while at MetLife UK, I’m familiar with the great work that they do with members and clients and am looking forward to supporting MAXIS GBN’s growth and development moving forward.”


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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 117 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.