Ex-Bank of Ireland head of trade finance, Philip Smith, has joined Swiss Re as senior underwriter.

He tells GTR that his role will be to build on the existing presence established by the company in the UK over the last few years. He will have a specific focus on working with banks in London that have a requirement to mitigate emerging market risk relating to documentary trade and supply chain finance.

Smith joined Bank of Ireland in 2005 and from 2012 to 2015 was the bank’s head of trade finance. He left the bank in August last year, and has been on sabbatical since then.

He previously held various positions at HSBC.