Fredrik Mürer is President and CEO of Coface’s North America Region.
Based in East Windsor, N.J, Mr. Mürer leads all of Coface’s commercial and marketing activities and business growth in the United States and Canada. He is also responsible for the information systems, organization and operations areas.
Before joining Coface, Mr. Mürer was Head of Americas, Political Risk & Credit at Ace-Chubb Corporation. He has had a long and distinguished career in the insurance sector, having held senior political risk underwriting roles in Zurich Financial Services Group from 2002 to 2004, the Chubb Group of Insurance Companies between 1997 and 2002, and the American International Group, where he started his career in 1993.
A Norwegian national and permanent US resident, Mr. Mürer holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University, and a Master of Business Administration from the American Graduate School of International Management.
Kerstin Braun is Executive Vice President of Coface North America, leading all of Coface’s sales and marketing activities in the United States and Canada. She is responsible for product development and business growth for all of Coface’s business lines: Trade credit insurance, business information, and receivables management.
Prior to coming to the United States in 2009, Ms. Braun led the sales department at Coface Deutschland, a position she held since 2005. At the same time, she was also responsible for sales in the Netherlands, Denmark and Sweden. Because of Ms. Braun’s international background, she was chosen to lead global project groups for new product development and for the implementation of worldwide sales tools.
Ms. Braun studied law at Eberhard-Karls-University (Tuebingen, Germany) and received a PhD in law. During the course of her professional and academic career, she has resided in Italy, Switzerland and the United States. Ms. Braun is a member of Coface’s Top Management Group. She works in the New York City and East Windsor, New Jersey offices of Coface North America.
Richard Beales joined Reuters Breakingviews in 2007 from the Financial Times, where he was U.S. markets editor and a Lex columnist.
Prior to the FT, he spent more than 10 years as an investment banker at Schroders and Citigroup, based largely in Hong Kong and working on project finance, mergers and acquisitions.
He has also lived in Sydney, Australia, and began his working life in London at Mars & Co, a management consultancy. Richard holds a master’s in business journalism from New York University and a degree in biochemistry from St John’s College, Cambridge. Follow Richard on Twitter @richardbeales1.
J.M. Michel Léonard
J. M. Michel Léonard, PhD, CBE, is CEO & Chief Data Scientist of MaKro LLC, the leading economics and big data advisory firm. He is also Adjunct Faculty in applied economics in NYU's Department of Economics.
A recognized leader in his field, Michel advises some of the world's largest institutional investors, F100 and governments on big data, economics and political risk. He started his career at Medley Global Advisors, and held senior positions as Chief Economist & Data Scientist with Aon, JLT, and Alliant.
Michel is a graduate of McGill University, holds an M.T.S. in Islamic Studies from Harvard University and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Economy from the University of Virginia focusing on, respectively, Islamic Studies and regional stability, OECD government reform, and country risk management.
Amongst recognitions and appointments, he was a Fellow at the Center for Civil Military Affairs at the United States Military Academy at West Point and in the Institute for Latin American Affairs at Columbia University, served on the Board of the White House created Business Council for International Understanding, and was the youngest member of the Inaugural Class of the National Association for Business Economics' new Chartered Business Economists. Follow Michel on Twitter @LeonardMacro
Peter Hall joined Export Development Canada (EDC) in November 2004. With over 25 years of experience in economic analysis and forecasting, Mr. Hall is responsible for overseeing EDC’s economic analysis, country risk assessment and corporate research groups. In addition to preparing strategic advice for senior management at EDC, Mr. Hall is a featured speaker at conferences, international roundtables and policy fora, and regularly appears in television, radio and print media commenting on the world economy and Canadian international trade issues. He produces a widely circulated print and video weekly commentary covering an eclectic range of current global economic issues.
Prior to joining EDC, Mr. Hall directed the economic forecasting activities of the Conference Board of Canada. Mr. Hall has served as president of both the Canadian Association for Business Economics, a 600-member national association of professional economists, and its largest local chapter, the Ottawa Economics Association. He has also been a volunteer board and committee member for two Ottawa area private schools. Mr. Hall has degrees in economics from both Carleton University and the University of Toronto. Follow Peter on Twitter @PeterGHallXIII.
Patricia Krause has served as Coface's Latin America Economist since April 2013. Before joining Coface she was a Senior Risk Underwriter at Euler Hermes since 2011. Prior to that, Ms. Krause was employed at SBCE and General Motors.
She holds a bachelor in Economics from IBMEC-RJ, and has a MBA in Economics from the same institution.