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AXA Life and AXA UK IT - IT strategy throughout leadership
Gideon Nissen


Gideon developed a long-term relationship with senior executives in AXA Life and in AXA UK IT (a shared services IT operation), which resulted in working with them continuously over a period of almost 3 years, building bridges between the organisational units and providing thought leadership on a range of projects including:
  • leading the development of the 2005 - 07 IT strategy for AXA UK 
  • leading a special study into Product Engine rationalisation
  • working with AXA Life's strategy unit on AXA's market entry strategy into the Wrap market, developing the operational and IT strategy
  • working with AXA Life's strategy unit on the evaluation of a number of potential acquisition targets
  • representing UK IT in AXA Life's strategy unit
  • working in AXA Life's "hot house" environment on the strategy for launching AXA's new Wealth Management and SIPP propositions
  • leading a strategy for the decommissioning of a legacy IT platform
  • leading a special study into legacy Pensions strategy, focused on the introduction of a Service-Oriented Architecture
  • providing thought leadership on a major cost review
  • providing thought leadership on a project to develop integrated Business and IT roadmaps over the 2007 - 2012 period.
Mark Knowlton, IT Director of AXA Life said of Gideon’s work during this time: "You have brought a deep insight into the financial service market and helped us shape our strategy. Your collaborative working style, at all levels in AXA, helped us to build sustaining and effective business relationships between IT and its internal customers."



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