Stuart Ramsden has been named as Regional Director UK & Ireland for leading trade credit insurer Atradius. Stuart, who has been with the firm since 1991 succeeds Alun Sweeney who steps down from the role he has held for over 10 years at the end of June.
Stuart’s appointment is effective from 1st July 2020 and Atradius wishes him every success in the role. Having joined Atradius (then NCM) in 1991, Stuart has held a number of senior positions, including 10 years as Country Manager for Atradius Ireland. With over 20 years’ experience in the Credit Insurance industry and a proven business acumen, his appointment ensures a bright future for Atradius in UK & Ireland.
Whilst Alun Sweeney was expected to retire this summer, these long held plans have been disrupted by the Covid-19 pandemic. In particuarly, Alun has been very closely involved in working with the ABI and Government in developing the Trade Credit Insurance Support Scheme which was announced last week. Continuity is critical at this time and in the light of the exceptional circumstances the business is currently managing, Alun has agreed to remain with Atradius UK & Ireland until the autumn to continue to support the business and to provide technical advice as Atradius navigates forward through the Covid-19 crisis.
Andreas Tesch Chief Market Officer at Atradius said: “I am delighted to welcome Stuart to our leadership team and congratulate him on his appointment as Regional Director UK & Ireland. His vast experience in trade credit insurance ably equips him to take the baton from Alun and continue the positive momentum that our UK & Ireland region has established. Stuart steps into the role at one of the most challenging times that our industry has seen, I am confident that he will provide the leadership and guidance required to ensure that Atradius continues to deliver for our customers in the UK & Ireland. I would also like to take the opportunity to thank Alun for the enormous contribution he has made to Atradius during his 21 years with our business. Through Alun’s leadership, the UK & Ireland region has developed substantially and his legacy provides a strong platform to take the business forward into the future. I wish him a long and happy retirement.”