UK-based Ascot Underwriting has appointed John Karns as new underwriter in Houston, US.

John has 19 years of experience in the US energy market, most recently as assistant vice president with Navigators Insurance Group.

Ascot Underwriting president and chief underwriting officer John Flower said his wealth of experience in the local energy market will be invaluable in helping us build on strong position in the US market.

Ascot Underwriting CEO Andrew Brooks said John’s appointment shows Ascot’s continued commitment to expanding our US business.

Ascot Underwriting specializes in property, energy, cargo, terrorism and political risk, marine hull / liability, excess of loss, and specie and fine art solutions. It has operations in UK, North America, Asia and Europe.