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July 5, 2010

Donald D. Larson has been named president and chief operating officer of the Great American Property and Casualty Group and Great American Insurance Co. Larson is the 16th president in Great American’s history. He assumes the title from Carl H. Lindner III, who has held the position of president for the past 23 years. Lindner will continue to serve as chairman and CEO of the Great American Property and Casualty Group and Great American Insurance Co.

Larson has served as executive vice president for the Great American Property and Casualty Insurance Group since 1999 and currently serves as a member of Great American’s board of directors, as well as the board of directors of National Interstate Corp., a 53 percent-owned subsidiary of Great American Insurance Co. He joined Great American’s parent company, American Financial Group, in 1973 as a member of AFG’s finance department.

Ronald J. Brichler was promoted to executive vice president of the Great American Property and Casualty Group and the Great American Insurance Co. Brichler most recently served as senior vice president of Great American Insurance Co. and currently serves as a member of Great American’s board of directors. He started his career with AFG in 1976 in its finance department.

Gary J. Gruber was promoted to executive vice president of the Great American Property and Casualty Group and the Great American Insurance Co. Gruber most recently served as senior vice president of Great American’s Property and Casualty Group and serves as a member of Great American’s board of directors as well as the board of directors of National Interstate. Gruber started his career with Great American in 1977. All three executives continue to be based in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Global insurance brokers Willis Group Holdings has appointed Michael K. Neborak as executive vice president and chief financial officer.

Neborak will report to Joe Plumeri, chairman and CEO, and will serve as a member of Willis’ Executive Committee. He will be based in New York, and will also work out of the group’s executive offices in London.

Neborak will be responsible for all of Willis’ global finance functions, including corporate accounting and reporting, financial planning and analysis, tax, treasury and investor relations.

Neborak joins Willis from MSCI Inc., a provider of services for institutional investors, where he was CFO and part of the senior management team that took the company public in November 2007. Prior to joining MSCI, Neborak worked for Citigroup and its predecessors from 1982 to 2006.

Emmett Hall has joined Atlanta’s Tanner, Ballew and Maloof Inc. as a vice president and bond manager. Hall was previously an account executive with Yates Insurance Agency in Atlanta for 17 years and, prior to that, with Huffines, Tanner and Russell. He will be developing a surety bond department for TBM and serving the insurance needs of the construction industry.

Marsh has appointed Michael Anderson to be president of its U.S. Construction Practice. Anderson brings 25 years of construction risk management experience to Marsh.He most recently served as surety practice leader at Willis. Prior to Willis, Anderson spent 15 years as a surety underwriter at St. Paul Seaboard Surety and Reliance Surety.

Zurich has named Roger Brunner head of the Casualty group for its North America Commercial Specialty Products business unit. Brunner will lead the nationwide team that markets the company’s portfolio of excess, umbrella, special casualty and railroad products. Brunner joined Zurich in 1997 and has worked in leadership capacities across the organization. Most recently, he was chief operating officer for General Insurance Proposition Development, building Zurich’s global capabilities. Before that, Brunner was a member of the team that built Zurich Programs & Direct Markets. Prior to joining Zurich, Brunner founded Specialty & Environmental Administrators in Lansing, Mich., a program administrator focused on environmental coverage.

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