Exporters Insurance Services has appointed Graham Kent as managing director of its London office, replacing Francis Law, who recently left the firm.

Kent has over 20 years of experience in trade credit and political risks insurance and has held senior underwriting and management positions in several of the leading carriers within the industry. At Euler Trade Indemnity Graham was the group executive director for the UK and international operations and a member of the Euler Group Risk Committee. He also served Atradius (formerly GerlingNCM/Gerling Namur) as the managing director for its trade credit and political risks insurance businesses for the UK and Ireland.

Most recently Kent was co-founder of Co-Pilot, a consultancy firm authorised and regulated by the Financial Services Authority (FSA), specialising in receivables risk management.

During his long career in trade credit and political risk insurance he has been responsible for underwriting management, development and execution of strategic business plans and business development. He is also a chartered accountant, having worked for 10 years with PricewaterhouseCoopers on assignments in both London and Hong Kong.

Exporters has a pending application with the FSA for a fully licensed subsidiary. The expansion of the London representative office to one of full underwriting capability is an important component of Exporters “long term business strategy, claims the firm.