Berne Union announces the departure of Secretary General Kimberly Wiehl

Kimberly Wiehl will be leaving her post as Secretary General of the Berne Union, the International Union of Credit and Investment Insurers, as of 1 August 2011. After 20 years in the City of London, Ms Wiehl is taking on a senior position in the family company.

She directed the professional activities of the Berne Union for the benefit of the association’s 48 member companies for nearly ten years, based at the Secretariat in London. During this time, the membership body has been strengthened by new members joining from both the private and public sector as well as gaining a broader geographical diversity, particularly from developing economies. Collectively the Berne Union’s members insured transactions of $1.4 trillion in 2010.

She led the association’s efforts to advocate the important role of the export credit and investment insurance industry in facilitating global trade. She was successful in raising the profile of the industry, through active relationships with many of the world’s major financial institutions and supranationals. She has also been instrumental in bringing the interests of the industry to the attention of the Basel Committee regarding their proposals for Basel II and Basel III.

Additionally during her tenure, Ms Wiehl worked closely with the global membership to develop core foundation documents, including the Berne Union Value Statement and Guiding Principles, which culminated in their adoption by all member companies.

The Berne Union would like to thank Ms Wiehl for her dedication and contribution to the success of the association and wishes her well in her future endeavours.

Mr Lennart Skarp, currently Deputy Secretary General, will assume the position of Acting Secretary General until such time as a successor is appointed.

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