Carl Reuterskiöld

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Carl Reuterskiöld (ca.1923 - March 20, 2006; known to his associates as Charlie) was the founding CEO of the Belgium-based Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication (SWIFT), a position which he held for a decade from SWIFT's founding in 1973 until 1983.[1][2]


Prior to SWIFT[edit]

Before leading SWIFT, Carl was Vice President of the International banking and card division for Systems and Communications worldwide at American Express.


Carl was the founding CEO of the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication (SWIFT) from 1973 onwards. Founded by 239 banks from 15 countries, SWIFT was a cooperative that sought to transition the long distance interbank messaging from the slow, manual and insecure telex system of the day toward a more reliable and automated messaging system.[3] In 1976 he oversaw the opening of SWIFT's first operating centres.[2] In 1979 he inaugurated SWIFT's United States Operating Centre in Virginia, in conjunction with the then state Governor of Virginia, John N. Dalton.[1] In 1982 he announced that SWIFT had finally achieved financial stability and welcomed Banque Nationale de Belgique as the 1000th member of SWIFT.[1] He retired in 1983.[1][2]

Private life[edit]

Carl lived in La Hulpe, Belgium and Virginia, United States.[1]

Mr. Reuterskiöld died peacefully on 20 March 2006 at the age of 83.[1][2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Carl Reuterskiöld". SWIFT. March 2006. Retrieved 7 September 2012. It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Carl Reuterskiöld, SWIFT’s first CEO from 1973 to 1983. He died peacefully on 20 March 2006. He was 83 years old. 
  2. ^ a b c d "SWIFT history". SWIFT. 2012. Retrieved 7 September 2012. SWIFT community mourns loss of Carl Reuterskiöld, SWIFT’s first CEO. [...] Carl Reuterskiöld is SWIFT’s first Chief Executive Officer. 
  3. ^ Domain Competency Academy. "Certificate Program in Payment Systems: Chapter 1 - Basics of Payments System". Tata Consultancy Services. Retrieved 7 September 2012.