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Broker names cyber expert as chief innovation officer

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Cooper Gay Swett & Crawford Ltd. has appointed Peter Hacker as group chief innovation officer.

The London-based reinsurance, wholesale and specialty brokerage said Tuesday that Mr. Hacker, co-founder and partner at think tank Distinction Global, an advisory unit of the Cologne, Germany-based Cyber Crime Institute, would take the new post immediately.

Based in London, Mr. Hacker previously was head of the communications, technology and media practice at Jardine Lloyd Thompson Group P.L.C. in London.

“Appointing an individual of Peter's caliber is a statement of intent and offers a glimpse of the future ambitions for our business,” Steve Hearn, group CEO of Cooper Gay, said in a statement.