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Ascent Underwriting has appointed Kevin Cleary as chief operations officer.

The specialist Managing General Agent providing coverage for emerging cyber risks, said Cleary will be responsible for the development and growth of an international financial lines portfolio.

Cleary joins Ascent from The Navigators Group where he was head of international delegated underwriting. He previously held senor underwriting positions at Channel Syndicate, Allied World and DUAL Corporate Risks.

“Kevin brings us a wealth of expertise across management and financial lines enabling us to diversify our portfolio, widen our geographical footprint and reflects our focus on the increasingly important compliance aspect of the business,” said Ascent chief executive David Umbers.