Ed, the global reinsurance, wholesale and specialty broker, has appointed Abhishek Chhajer as head of credit, political risks and surety solutions for Asia Pacific – a newly-created position. He will be based in Singapore.

Chhajer has more than 16 years of industry experience, and joins from Standard Chartered, where he had been since October last year, most recently managing a project on buyer underwriting.

He began his insurance career in 2003 at Marsh, establishing its credit insurance practice in India, before joining Willis as a credit insurance broker in 2006. He moved to Atradius in 2007 as head of sales and commercial for India, and in 2011 started Markel’s Asia Pacific trade credit division, building a team and managing underwriting in the region.

At Ed, Chhajer reports to Stephen Britten, CEO of Asia Pacific.

“Abhishek has hugely impressive global experience in the credit insurance market as both an underwriter and as a broker, with an in-depth knowledge of the Asia and Middle East regions,” says Britten. “His ability to build successful teams from the ground up will be essential in increasing Ed’s footprint in the region and will better enable our broking network partners to offer credit, political risks and surety solutions.”