Liberty Mutual Agency Markets Appoints Northeast Management

November 19, 2008

Safeco Insurance and Peerless Insurance – Liberty Mutual Agency Markets companies – have announced key management appointments in personal and commercial lines operations for the Northeast

Victor M. Pepin has been named vice president, Safeco Insurance, and Northeast regional general manager. Pepin most recently served as vice president of Personal Lines Underwriting with Peerless Insurance. In this new capacity, Pepin will continue to be based in Keene, New Hampshire and will be responsible for profit and growth throughout Safeco’s eight-state Northeast territory.

Joining Safeco’s Northeast personal lines field operations Assistant Vice Presidents Christopher Alexander, representing New Jersey and New York, and William Arnold, representing Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Both will serve as agency managers and report to Pepin. Pepin will represent agents in New Hampshire, Maine and Vermont.

Two new regional vice presidents are joining Peerless Insurance’s commercial lines operations. Paul J. Chmura will manage the Connecticut/Rhode Island region, and Gary J. Waggoner will manage the New Jersey region. Chmura comes to Peerless Insurance from Safeco, where he was Northeast regional executive. Waggoner was most recently Peerless’ branch manager for New Jersey.

In addition, Jeffrey Lefkowicz has been promoted to assistant vice president of Commercial Lines Underwriting for the New Jersey and New York regions.

The personnel changes reflect the previously announcement by Liberty Mutual Group on that the Agency Markets business unit’s personal lines will be sold under the Safeco brand.

Peerless Insurance will be the exclusive provider of commercial lines business in the eight-state territory, where Safeco will also offer personal lines.

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