The Chartered Institute of Credit Management (CICM) has appointed John Kane MCICM as its new Head of Strategic Relationships.

Kane will work closely with the CICM’s existing Partner organisations to understand their needs and how the Institute can support them in the best way possible. He will also build new relationships, gaining a thorough understanding of a potential partner’s operations and aspirations, and creating bespoke packages accordingly. These may include a combination of employee memberships, qualifications, training and CICMQ accreditation.

A credit manager by profession who became a member of the ICM (as it was then) more than a quarter of a century ago, John has worked across various industries, including technology, maritime and entertainment. His most recent role as International Credit & Risk Director for Wilhelmsen Group follows previous positions at Procorre and Sony Pictures Entertainment.

Sue Chapple, CEO of the CICM, believes that John has the expertise to thrive in the role: “With so much experience in the credit industry and across various sectors, John is in the perfect position to understand the bespoke requirements of our current and future partners. And at such a crucial time for the industry, where businesses will be hard pressed to keep the cash flowing, John is well placed to help share and promote best practice, in a time that it’s needed most.”