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April 23, 2014

Western National Insurance Group Hires New Personal Lines VP

(Minneapolis, Minn.) Western National Insurance Group today announced that Patricia M. Harris has joined the companies as Vice President of Personal Lines, effective immediately.

Pattie joins Western National from QBE North America, where she most recently held the position of Personal Lines Portfolio Manager. As Portfolio Manager, she oversaw $140 million in personal lines business across 15 states. She spent the last nine years with QBE (formerly known as General Casualty Insurance Companies) in various field territory management positions. Pattie’s background includes both personal and commercial lines underwriting and agency management experience. Additionally, she holds the Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) designation.

In her new role as Vice President of Personal Lines with Western National, Pattie will be responsible for leading the group’s personal lines operations. She will fill the position currently held by Cindy Doble, who is retiring on June 1 after 39 years of service.

“We are very fortunate to have hired an experienced and talented individual like Pattie to join our management team,” said Rich Kalina, senior vice president and chief underwriting officer. “Pattie brings to us a blend of leadership, underwriting experience, and book management skills that will help us continue to build our personal lines products and services for the benefit of our customers and other stakeholders.”

Western National Insurance Group (WNIG), headquartered in Edina, Minn., is a super-regional group of seven active property-and-casualty insurance companies writing over $400 million of personal, commercial and surety premium on over $315 million of policyholder’s surplus. The group serves the insurance needs of individuals, families, and businesses in 19 states in the Midwestern, Northwestern, and Southwestern U.S., with products sold exclusively through independent insurance agents.

For further information, please contact:

Steve Norman, CPCU, M.A., AIT
Assistant Vice President – Communications
(952) 921-5680 or (800) 862-6070 Ext. 7680
steven.norman@wnins.com