StarStone have appointed Simon Low as their new group head of political risk and crisis management to manage all the business’s political violence and political risk books. Tim Woodhouse previously led the team but left for Novae in the second half of last year. Low joined Sompo Canopius in 2011 from Ark to launch a terrorism, war and political risk offering at the company. The appointment of Low will see the political risk team expand into new areas such as structured trade credit insurance, kidnap and ransom and aviation. The appointment is another move that shows the intent of the company to grow into new areas with the launch of their Dubai managing general agency earlier in the year.