ACORD Launches Reinsurance & Large Commercial Blog

LONDON, UK and PEARL RIVER, NY – 3 September 2008 – What’s happening with ACORD Standards in London and around the globe? What’s new with ACORD Reinsurance & Large Commercial Standards? The new place to go and find out is the ACORD London Office blog (

Headed by ACORD’s Assistant Vice President, London Office, Roy Laker, the blog features insights and updates on issues ranging from maintenance request submissions and focus groups to standards releases and events. Not only can visitors read what’s going on with ACORD and Standards, but they can comment and share their views as well.

“Maintaining communication, especially interactive communication, is essential today. Things are always changing, new things are happening, and we all need to share information and opinions. Blogs are an increasingly popular way that we can reach out to people, keep them up to date on what’s happening, and have them give us feedback right online,” said Laker.

According to the Webuser magazine site, in July 2008, “visits to blogs by surfers in the UK reached their highest-ever levels … accounting for one in every 84 website visits.” Similarly, the Pew Internet & American Life Project found in their July 2008 report that “33% of internet users (the equivalent of 24% of all adults) say they read blogs, with 11% of internet users doing so on a typical day.”

This is only one of several blogs launched by ACORD. ACORD’s President and CEO Gregory A. Maciag has had a great deal of interest and activity on his site. Rick Gilman, vice president, Communications and Industry/Government Affairs recently launched for discussions about communications, implementations, events and an array of other related topics.


Based in New York, ACORD (Association for Cooperative Operations Research and Development) is a global, nonprofit insurance association whose mission is to facilitate the development and use of standards for the insurance, reinsurance and related financial services industries. With offices in London as well, ACORD accomplishes its mission by remaining an objective, independent advocate for sharing information among diverse platforms. ACORD Standards and services improve efficiency and expand market reach. Affiliated with ACORD are hundreds of insurance and reinsurance companies, and thousands of agents and brokers, related financial services organizations, software providers, and industry organizations worldwide.