Airmic, the association for UK insurance and risk managers, has appointed Julia Graham as technical director from May.
Graham will replace Paul Hopkin who announced his decision to step down in January.
She is a former chair of Airmic and current president of the Federation of European Risk Management Associations (FERMA). Graham will also chair Airmic's advisory board to be established later this year.
Graham will continue as FERMA president until the expiry of her term of office in October this year and on the FERMA board until June 2016.
John Hurrell, Airmic chief executive, said: "We are thrilled that Julia has agreed to join Airmic. She is one of the most respected professionals in the business and a true thought leader in her field. Julia will also be an outstanding guide and coach for our brilliant young team in the Airmic secretariat as well as being a natural leader for our advisory board."
Graham said: "I am absolutely delighted to be joining Airmic at such an exciting time. It is a genuine leader in the fields of risk and insurance and has an extremely challenging and ground-breaking technical programme. I'm excited to be given the opportunity to build further on its reputation for technical excellence.
"I am also pleased to be taking on the important job of creating the advisory board. It will be an invaluable way for Airmic to tap into the vast knowledge of some of the country's most experienced risk leaders, and for the association to ensure it supports the needs of all its members, including those at the top of their careers.”
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