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Markel launches Midwest trade credit, political risk office

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Markel Corp. is launching a trade credit and political risk operation in Chicago, the Richmond, Virginia, company said in a statement Monday.

Christen Mizell, trade credit underwriter, will move to Chicago from New York and assume trade credit and political risk underwriting responsibility for the Midwestern states, the statement said, adding that the move follows Markel's recent trade credit expansion into Canada.

The company established its U.S. trade credit and political risk operation in July 2014 and added two new appointments when Howard Lee and Arjan van de Wall joined the operation, which now comprises four underwriters led by Philip Amlot, underwriting manager for the Americas.

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"Christen has strong connections in the Midwest, which will be a huge asset to our organization and to the continued development of our business across the Americas region,” Mr. Amlot said in the statement. 

“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,” Ewa Rose, managing director of Markel's trade credit, political risk and surety business, said in the statement.