Markel Intl names Godfrey head of cargo team

London-market-based specialist insurer Markel International has named Ryan Godfrey as senior underwriter and head of the cargo team within its marine, energy and property division. He joins senior underwriter Richard Burnett, reporting to marine managing director Chris Fenn.

For the past eight years Godfrey has been cargo class underwriter at XL Catlin Group, having held positions at Allianz Group and Eagle Star in a 20-year career. Godfrey will focus on broadening and deepening Markel’s broker relationships, while both consolidating and developing its established cargo business. Markel International noted that Godfrey’s appointment follows four further appointments in the division as well as the November 2016 acquisition of Galleon Marine, the marine professional indemnity and cargo liability MGA. Paul Jenks, marine, energy and property divisional managing director, noted that the appointment was another step in the development of the company’s expanding marine businesses service portfolio.