Date: 14/08/2017

Markel Trade Credit Team Comes to Chicago

Richmond, Virginia, August 14, 2017 --- Markel Corporation has announced the launch of its new trade credit and political risk operation in Chicago.

Christen Mizell will transfer to Chicago from New York to take on trade credit and political risk underwriting responsibility for the Midwestern states. Her role is to broaden Markel’s geographic footprint across this increasingly important part of the country, with special focus on developing strategic broker relationships, supporting the existing client base and targeting new customer opportunities.

Christen’s appointment follows Markel’s recent trade credit expansion into Canada.

Since the establishment of the US trade credit and political risk operation in July 2014, Markel has successfully grown the business focusing on a broad range of specialist products. In 2016, the team expanded with two new appointments when Howard Lee and Arjan van de Wall joined the operation. It now comprises four underwriters led by Phil Amlot, underwriting manager for the Americas.

Policies can be written on an admitted basis across 40 states and Canada with tenors of up to seven years.

Christen joined Markel Corporation in 2013 and spent her early days with the trade credit team at Markel International in London. In 2014, she co-established the US operation with Phil Amlot. Christen holds both a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in Commerce from the University of Virginia.

Philip Amlot said: “Christen has strong connections in the Midwest, which will be a huge asset to our organisation and to the continued development of our business across the Americas region”.   

Ewa Rose, managing director of Markel’s trade credit, political risk and surety business, added: “Christen will be actively involved in further developing our broker and client relationships. She will help to shape our offering across this important part of the USA and we are delighted to have someone with her outstanding reputation in the trade credit market represent us in the region. Christen’s new role is part of Markel’s on-going investment in our operation, with physical underwriting presence in London, New York, Singapore, Dubai and now Chicago.”   



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