The Claims Conference announced July 15 that Gregory Schneider will become the group’s new executive vice president.
Schneider, 42, succeeds Gideon Taylor, who resigned to return to the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee. Schneider has worked for the conference since 1995.
Since 1951, the conference has worked to secure restitution for Nazi victims and their heirs. Its Institutional Allocations Program, which Schneider — in his role as as chief operating officer — has headed since 1995, also doles out millions of dollars annually to aid the social welfare of elderly victims.
“There is still much work ahead of us,” Schneider said in a news release. “There are victims who have yet to be acknowledged with compensation payments, and tens of thousands who are increasingly in need of homecare and medical care.”
Conference chairman Julius Berman said Schneider had won the conference board of directors’ unanimous approval because of his “foresight, intellect and creativity.”
Alex Weisler, a former journalist and Forward Fellow, is the digital content guru at the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC).