Pearl River, N.Y.-based ACORD has enhanced the role of its Industry and Government Affairs unit by adding a legal capacity with the addition of Gary Bel, vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary, and Kate Ciravolo, vice president and counsel, government affairs. Their addition strengthens the Industry and Government Affairs operation and widens the scope of ACORD's involvement in the development of standards. It also expands the representation of ACORD's membership throughout the industry and regulatory agencies. Bel and Ciravolo will also be handling the general legal activities of the corporation within the in newly combined Legal, Industry and Government Affairs Department."As new regulations and data requirements are implemented across the nation, their impact on the insurance industry continues to grow. The need for data standardization to assist organizations in efficiently and economically complying with these changes is becoming ever more essential," said Gregory Maciag, president and CEO of ACORD. "We've expanded the Industry and Government Affairs group to meet these new demands."

This expansion is, in part, a response to the desire expressed by the ACORD membership to have greater representation and leadership in relation to these changes and in standards development. The information was contained in a recent Gartner study of ACORD.

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