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Coface UK and Ireland appointments John Nicholas as Risk Underwriting Director

By CreditMan Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Coface in the UK and Ireland, a leading provider of credit insurance, appoints John Nicholas as Risk Underwriting Director while the incumbent, Grant Williams, becomes Political Risk Director.

In making these appointments Coface in the UK and Ireland demonstrates the importance of recruiting experienced employees whilst enabling other parts of the business to benefit from existing experience.

John will head up a multi-sector knowledge based underwriting team in the UK and Ireland which can also draw on the experience of 340 underwriters in 44 centres around the world. He will work closely with the Commercial team in supporting the needs of clients and brokers.

John has 30 years’ experience of credit risk management crucially spanning both client and insurer sides. Most recently John spent 12 years as Credit Risk Director at a global steel trading group and prior to that 8 years at a credit insurer where his last role there was as Regional Risk Manager.

Grant brings 25 years’ knowledge of credit risk underwriting to the Political Risk role and this expertise will enable Coface in the UK and Ireland to further meet the needs of our clients and brokers in this market.

Frédéric Bourgeois, Managing Director of Coface in the UK and Ireland commented: “I am delighted with both these appointments. John brings with him not only specialised credit insurance underwriting capability but an appreciation of the role of the credit function in businesses operating in a challenging economic and competitive environment. Grant’s appointment brings valuable credit risk underwriting skills to our Political Risk offer.”