Hawkeye-Security Promotes Connell to CEO

March 24, 2004

Des Moines, Iowa-based Hawkeye-Security Insurance has named Michael Connell as its new president and CEO. Hawkeye-Security is a member of Boston-based Liberty Mutual’s regional agency markets program. Connell was promoted to CEO from his position as regional vice president in the Nashville regional office of Indiana Insurance, also a Liberty Mutual company.

Dwight Bowie is stepping down to return to his role as president and CEO of Peerless Insurance. Connell said Hawkeye-Security, which operates in Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska and Wisconsin, will continue to focus on meeting the product and service needs of the independent agents in the region.

Regional Agency Markets is a group of regional property/casualty companies that distribute their products and services exclusively through independent agents and brokers. Concentrating on small commercial and personal lines markets, RAM is represented throughout the United States by a variety of locally branded names.

Each RAM company is led by its own local management team, and focuses on fulfilling the product and service needs of the independent agents in its respective region. RAM companies had a combined direct written premium of more than $2.5 billion at the end of 2002.

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