SCOR, a provider of life and non life reinsurance services, has appointed Jean-Charles Simon as the new head of group communications and public affairs and also as the chief economist.

Mr Simon will assume his new role on July 19, 2010. He will be succeeding Sylvain Fort as the new head of group communications and public affairs, and also will be succeeding Philippe Trainar as the chief economist.

Previously, Mr Simon was the head of public and economic affairs at Groupama. He started his career as an equity derivatives trader at Dresdner Kleinwort Benson in Paris then London. He then became head of studies of Rassemblement pour la Republique party (RPR) and then joined French Federation of Insurance Companies (FFSA) as head of public affairs.

Mr Simon was the director of Association francaise des entreprises privees (Afep) from 2004 to 2008, and then managing director of French Business Confederation (Medef) from 2008 to 2010. He is also an independent board member of the Hi-Media group since 2005.