The UK export credit agency ECGD has appointed Guy Beringer as its non-executive chairman.

Beringer succeeds Graham Pimlott, who has held the post since January 2004.

Beringer joined London law firm Allen & Overy in 1978, qualifying as a solicitor in 1980. He became a partner at A&O in 1985 and was senior partner from 2000 to 2008. During his time as senior partner, the firm doubled in size and developed a global presence. In 2006 he advised Lord Carter of Coles on his review of legal aid and in 2008 he was a member of Lord Justice Gage’s sentencing commission working group.

In October 2006, he was appointed Queen’s Counsel (honoris causa) for his contributions to pro bono and legal services.

Commenting on the appointment, minister for trade, investment and small business, Lord Davies of Abersoch, says: “I am delighted to welcome Guy to the board of ECGD, where I am sure his experience and enthusiasm will make him a worthy successor to Graham Pimlott. I would like to thank Graham for all his hard work and commitment and wish him well for the future.”

Beringer adds: “I’m very excited to be taking on the chairman’s role at ECGD. These are challenging times for Britain’s exporters but Graham leaves a very strong team at ECGD and I look forward to working with them in responding to those challenges.”