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August 31, 2018

Western National Insurance Group Announces Officer Promotion of Heidi Poppe

(Minneapolis, Minn.) Western National Insurance Group today announced that it has promoted Heidi Poppe to Assistant Vice President – IT, effective immediately.

Poppe joined Western National in 2001, starting as a Web Application Lead and soon progressing into management roles. Her most recent role was as Director of Application Development, where she managed the Group’s team of software developers and was a key player in pursuing new technologies. In her new role, Poppe will take on expanded responsibilities for IT delivery management as well as for technology research and innovation. Poppe is a graduate of Moraine Park Technical College (Fond du Lac, Wisc.) and is certified as a Scrum Master and Java Programmer. She also holds her certification in Agile Development.

“Heidi has been the driver of many of the new ideas and technology here at Western National over the last 15 years,” said Stu Henderson, President and Chief Executive Officer. “We’re pleased to recognize her for her contributions to Western National, and we look forward to the ways in which her expanded leadership will help enhance the experience for our customers and employees in 2018 and beyond.”

Western National Insurance, headquartered in Edina, Minn., is a super-regional group of property-and-casualty insurance companies providing personal and commercial coverage in 20 states across the Midwestern and Western U.S. as well as in Alaska; and surety bonds in 32 states. The Group writes over $620 million in Direct Premium through eight active insurance companies—Western National Mutual Insurance Company, Western National Assurance Company, Pioneer Specialty Insurance Company, Western Home Insurance Company, Arizona Auto Insurance Company, Umialik Insurance Company, American Freedom Insurance Company, and Nevada General Insurance Company—and through one affiliate, Michigan Millers Mutual Insurance Company. All of the Group’s products are sold exclusively through professional Independent Insurance Agents.

For further information, please contact:

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