Markel Corporation has hired Jennifer Chang as underwriter and senior risk analyst in its trade credit and political risk operation in New York.

Chang has nine years of experience in trade credit insurance, within both commercial and risk underwriting. She joins from Zurich in New York, where she spent four years as a senior underwriter, supporting the establishment of the firm’s excess of loss capabilities. Prior to that she held senior positions at AIG and QBE.

Chang will report to Phil Amlot, Markel’s head of trade credit and political risk, Americas, and will work closely with underwriters Howard Lee and Christen Mizell. She will also support Arjan van de Wall, development director for the trade credit and political risk team globally.

“Jennifer brings broad broker and client contacts to our operation and will play an important role in developing our US trade credit and political risk business,” says Amlot.

Ewa Rose, managing director of Markel’s trade credit, political risk and surety operations, adds that the Americas region “remains rich in opportunities” for the firm’s trade credit and political risk business. “We look to capitalise on the cross-selling opportunities that exist within Markel’s broader portfolio. Jennifer’s broad underwriting experience will be a huge asset to our organisation,” Rose says.