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Berne Union announces the retirement of Secretary General Peter Jones

The Management Committee of the Berne Union, the International Union of Credit and Investment Insurers, announces the retirement of the Secretary General, Peter Jones, effective 9 November 2013. After two years of service to the association, Peter made the decision in August to retire early, before the end of this year.

As the head of the Secretariat, Peter directed the professional activities of both the Berne Union and the Prague Club, consisting of 75 member companies in total (including the members of the Berne Union Prague Club). In this capacity, he enabled the forum to support the important role of the member companies in facilitating global trade. The membership thanks Peter for his valuable contribution to the organisation and wishes him well in the future.The work of the Secretariat will be managed by Deputy Secretary General, Fabrice Morel, and Assistant Director, Abbey Sturrock, until the appointment of a successor is finalized. Under the leadership of the newly appointed officers at the Berne Union’s Annual General Meeting earlier this year, the association will continue to support its membership and provide opportunities for meaningful professional exchange.

Note to editors:

About the Berne Union

The Berne Union (International Union of Credit & Investment Insurers) is the leading international association for the export credit and investment insurance industry. It works for cooperation and stability in cross-border trade by supporting the international acceptance of sound principles in export credits and foreign investments and by providing a forum for professional exchange among its members.


the 49 members of the Berne Union covered over USD$1.8 trillion worth of business in 2012, which is more than 10% of the world’s total export trade. Members are both private companies, offering worldwide risk management solutions, and state backed export credit agencies, focusing upon the support of national exports and outward investments.


Members benefit from the highest quality information exchange through several yearly meetings, seminars and workshops, and interactively online. Exchanges focus on technical aspects of international trade, as well as developing and promoting best practices.


The Berne Union has well established links with other organisations that play important roles in world trade including the ICC, IMF, OECD, World Bank, WTO and regional development banks. The Deputy Secretary-General of the Berne Union is Mr Fabrice Morel, and the Secretariat is based in London.