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May 8, 2012

Western National Promotes Eric Ellefson to Vice President

(Minneapolis, Minn.) Western National Insurance Group (WNIG) of Edina, Minn., today announced that it has promoted Eric Ellefson to the new position of Vice President of Commercial Lines Underwriting – Central Region, effective immediately.

In this new role, Eric will be responsible for overseeing all commercial lines underwriting and operations, including loss control, in the group's Central Region.  This region currently includes the states of Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. 

Ellefson joined Western National in 1989 after receiving his B.B.A. in Accounting from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire.  In his tenure with the company, he has held positions in both finance and underwriting, most recently serving as Assistant Vice President – Commercial Lines Underwriting. 

"Eric has proven himself to be an excellent leader in the service of our commercial lines policyholders and partner agents," said Stuart Henderson, president and chief executive officer. "We are pleased to be able to expand his role within the group, and we look forward to utilizing his talent and expertise to continue our growth in these lines of business."

Western National Insurance Group, headquartered in Edina, Minn., is a super-regional group of nine active companies serving the property-and-casualty insurance needs of individuals, families, and businesses.  The group’s products are sold exclusively through professional independent agents in 14 states in the Midwestern, Northwestern, and Southwestern U.S.

For further information, please contact:

Steve Norman, AIT*
Director of Communications
(952) 921–5680 or (800) 862–6070 Ext. 7680
steven.norman@wnins.com

* Associate in Information Technology (AICPCU-IIA)