John Church has joined as senior director. is a division of CFS International and provides manufacturers, distributors and financial institutions with a full range of credit report services to support the development of international trade.

Its reports provide critical information on companies globally, including background information, corporate status, years of operations, and key insight into helping make informed credit decisions on customers.

Church was previously a senior underwriter at Zurich Emerging Markets Solutions (ZEMS), the private insurance provider of political risk and trade credit insurance based in Washington, DC.

At Zurich he underwrote transactions in emerging markets ranging between US$1mn-US$85mn in size. During his early years at ZEMS he developed the group’s proprietary financial models, used to assess the credit worthiness of corporate and financial prospects.

Before ZEMS, Church was an associate at First Union Securities (now Wachovia Securities), assisting with the structuring and underwriting of debt financing for clients in the defence, aerospace and information technology market segments.