Rebecca Marsden is leaving her position as credit and political risk underwriter at AXA Africa specialty risks to take on the same role at Canopius.

Marsden, who will join Canopius later this year, will report to head of specialty Bernie de Haldevang.

Commenting on the appointment, de Haldevang notes Marsden’s “impressive experience” from repo trading at Goldman Sachs, to leveraged finance at Credit Suisse and nearly seven years in political and credit risk insurance.

De Haldevang believes her “specialist knowledge of insurance and banking with a particular understanding of the risks our clients face” will benefit the insurance team.

Canopius split from its parent company Sompo Holdings in a US$952mn deal with Centerbridge Partners in September.