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UK Export Finance appoints new Chief Executive

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UK Export Finance (UKEF), the UK’s Export Credit Agency, announced today that David Godfrey will be appointed as its new Chief Executive from 9th September 2013.

David joins UKEF having previously been Chief Risk Officer at Pension Insurance Corporation. He has a strong risk background with his previous roles including Head of Risk for the Wholesale Banking Division at Lloyds Group and Head Financial Services at Swiss Reinsurance Group. David has been a Non-Executive Director on UKEF’s Management Board since 2005.

David Godfrey takes over from David Havelock, who was appointed acting Chief Executive following the departure of Patrick Crawford in November 2012. David Havelock continues in his position as Director of Credit Risk.

Lord Green, Minister for Trade and Investment said:

UK Export Finance plays an important role assisting UK exporters and supporting the UK growth agenda. David is ideally placed to take on this job, as he brings with him a wealth of relevant private sector experience, and he is already familiar with UK Export Finance having been a long-standing Non-Executive Director.

I would like to thank David Havelock for undertaking the role of acting Chief Executive over the last 10 months and for the achievements of the department during his tenure.

David Godfrey said:

I am eagerly looking forward to working with the strong team at UK Export Finance to deliver the best possible service to its customers. My experience of working with UK Export Finance as Non-Executive Director means that I am already aware of the issues faced by the exporting community and I am committed to ensuring that all exporters are aware of the support that UK Export Finance can offer.

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