Frederic Denefle, managing director of French war risk underwriter Garex, has been nominated as the next president of the International Union of Marine Insurance (IUMI).

The nomination by IUMI’s nominating committee is subject to a vote by the organisation’s council at the annual meeting in Chicago in September.

Current president Richard Turner is due to step down after completing his four-year spell.

Denefle has 34 years of insurance industry experience. He started out in legal claim handling, first with Paris-based Reunion Europeenne and then with the French market organisation Cesam.

He joined the Allianz Group’s AGF MAT in 1998 and Garex in 2013.

Denefle has spent much of his career in the claim and legal environment, following up on big marine casualties, on the hull and cargo side. He also has experience in compliance issues.

IUMI said Denefle has“been a strong IUMI promoter throughout his career, liaising with the various West African market representatives to establish a link with those emerging markets and has been part of the Salvage Forum since its inception”.

Kosuke Hashimoto, currently vice chair of IUMI’s executive committee and general manager of marine underwriting at Tokio Marine & Nichido Fire Insurance, was nominated for the new role of vice president.