The African Trade Insurance Agency (ATI) has hired John Lentaigne as its new chief underwriting officer (CUO).

He succeeds current CUO Jef Vincent, who is due to retire early next year. The two will work closely together during the transition phase, from October until Q1 2017.

“After a comprehensive recruitment process, we are confident that we found the best person to head our business department,” says George Otieno, CEO of ATI. “John brings over 13 years of experience in political and credit risk underwriting. Combined with his deep industry knowledge and networks, he is uniquely qualified to successfully lead ATI toward continued profitability.”

Lentaigne joins ATI from Brit, where he had served as the co-head of political and credit risks in London. He has also held positions at Axis, Catlin and Ace Global Markets (now Chubb).