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Jun 30, 2020

Congratulations to Phil Brown, Director, GRLC Standards on His Upcoming Retirement

Please join us in extending best wishes to Phil Brown, who will be retiring from ACORD this summer. Phil has been an esteemed ACORD employee for nearly two decades and will be especially missed by his colleagues and the industry alike.

"I am fortunate that Phil Brown was working at ACORD when I arrived as CEO in 2016, and even more so that I was able to work with him well into my tenure," said President and CEO Bill Pieroni. "Phil Brown aided in increasing ACORD's presence within the European Markets, and his hard work and expertise are reflected in the global industry today. He will be sorely missed by all."

Phil Brown started his career in Lloyd's in 1976, working in two Lloyd's syndicates before moving into the IT world in 1983 to develop underwriting systems at Sherwood Computers. He moved to the LIBC (now LIIBA) in 1990, representing brokers in the early days of the development of the (then) London Market network LIMNET. During that time, Phil facilitated the cross-market group that produced the LIMCLM claims message (and authored the specification). He worked on all other London networking projects such as LORS and Brokers signing message. In 1996, in a joint initiative between LIMNET, RINET in Europe, and BRMA and RAA in the USA, he became involved in, and later project-managed, the "Joint Venture" international message standards initiative, the deliverables from which have now become the ACORD GRLC Standard messages in use today. Phil joined ACORD in 2001, where he managed the Standards Development process for the Global Reinsurance and Large Commercial Insurance sector within ACORD. During his tenure, Phil has worked closely with implementation communities such as the Ruschlikon global community and London Market TOM.

Thomas Neff, Global eBusiness Director, Portfolio Management & Strategic Initiatives at Aon, expressed his appreciation for Phil Brown's industry contributions throughout the years: "Phil has been a tremendous asset to ACORD and the Industry. I have known Phil for over 25 years, and it's because of his diligence, persistence, and keen eye for detail over that time that has allowed the reinsurance community and Ruschlikon to be the leading group in standardized processing and end-to-end sharing of data. Phil has taken great pride in maintaining the standards and leading us through many challenging discussions over the years to achieve agreement on the GRLC standards. Phil's knowledge of the industry and expertise of ACORD [Standards] will be greatly missed. On behalf of BIG, we wish him all the best in retirement."

"I have worked in cooperation with Phil for 25 years, since the time of the RINET/LIMNET joint venture. Phil has devoted his life to modernization and automation of our insurance market globally and pushed hard to evangelize our entire ecosystem," said Regis Delayat, CEO of COGITANDA France, and former Ruschlikon Chair. "His technical skills, passion, full commitment, and persistence have made him the strong professional that we all know, who has created the foundation for the transformation of insurance. His mindset, natural kindness and human values have made him a pleasure to work with."

"Phil's knowledge and professional approach have been a bedrock for the GRLC standards and the Ruschlikon Initiative," said Simon Squires, Senior Operations Lead – UK Property & Casualty at AXA XL, and current Ruschlikon Chair. "Over the years, Phil has addressed many challenges, always provided a solution, and ensured we always have a positive and focused outcome. All of us at Ruschlikon have very fond memories of working with Phil, and enjoying social moments as well as the initiative has grown and progressed. We wish [Phil] health and happiness in [his] retirement, and hope [he] has more time to enjoy the camper van and some exciting destinations."

ACORD is appreciative of Phil Brown's commitment to the global insurance industry throughout the years, and we hope that you will join us in wishing him the very best in his next chapter.