WASHINGTON - The Financial Services Coordinating Council has named insurance industry lobbyist Allen R. Caskie as executive director of its privacy project.

Starting today,Mr. Caskie will take a leave of absence from his post as chief counsel for federal affairs at the American Council of Life Insurers to run the coordinating council's privacy watchdog effort. His chief tasks are coordinating the industry's response to privacy legislation brewing in various states, and to regulators as they write rules implementing confidentiality safeguards included in the new financial reform law.

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