ACORD has selected Juergen Heck, formerly head of global IT operations for Swiss Re, as its European program director for the next several months.

In his role at ACORD, Heck will focus on engaging, educating and facilitating relationships with insurers, brokers, reinsurers, solution providers and European standards organizations across the continent. The goal is to foster understanding and accelerate implementation of international standards to improve data flow across the industry.

"For years, Juergen has been an active and dedicated ACORD member working to enhance implementation of ACORD standards" says ACORD President and CEO Gregory Maciag. "Now, he's expanding that role as ACORD's presence increases in Europe. He's a perfect fit to help ACORD and we're thrilled to have him on our team."

Efforts, including the Rueschlikon Initiative and Solvency II, illustrate the need for data standards to improve data communication across the industry. Heck combines experience in these areas with a deep knowledge of ACORD standards—ideal assets to show the vital role of standards in the European insurance community.

Most recently, Heck served as chair of ACORD's Reinsurance and Large Commercial Steering Committee, and as a member of the ACORD Standards Committee. In his recent position at Swiss Re, Heck was responsible for IT planning & controlling, IT governance & risk management, including information security, procurement & vendor management and industry collaboration, which include solutions for electronic data exchange between Swiss Re and its business partners.

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