Gard strengthens presence in Japan

Norway-based marine insurer Gard has strengthened its organization and network in Japan. Claims executive Tatsuya Funatsu is now permanently based at Gard’s office in Imabari, providing local support to members and clients in that region. Gard has also added to the Defence team in its Tokyo office. Sammy Smallbone, an English and Hong Kong qualified lawyer, recently joined Gard as a permanent FDD Lawyer, based in the Tokyo office.

Sven Jensen, Vice President, Underwriting, has been responsible for underwriting and marketing in Japan since September 2018. Gard said that  “his permanent presence in Tokyo will enable us to develop our business and grow our presence in this important market even further”.

Tadashi Sugimoto, Managing Director, Gard (Japan) K.K said that “these changes will focus our efforts to further develop and build our long term partnerships with the Japanese shipping and maritime trading community, including the commodity, energy and offshore sectors.”