Insurance group ACE has appointed Laurent Hoquet as new energy manager for Continental Europe (CE) and Central and Eastern Europe (CEE).

Based in Paris office, Hoquet will be responsible for the strategic direction of the company’s energy, oil and gas line of business across the CE and CEE region.

Hoquet will report to both Gilbert Flepp, energy and technical lines manager for ACE in CE and Matthew Hardy, global head of Onshore Energy Underwriting.

Hoquet will join ACE from Chartis where he was previously profit center manager for the global energy property department in Paris.

He managed the Chartis energy and construction portfolio across 12 countries in Southern Europe.

Prior to this he held positions at Partner Re and SCOR and he has over 20 years experience of the insurance and energy markets.

Flepp said the company continue to invest in this line of business across CE/CEE and Laurent’s appointment should contribute significantly to the development of the portfolio in the region.