Patkus Resigns as President/COO of Harleysville; Moves to The Hanover as Regional VP

January 17, 2005

M. Lee Patkus, president and chief operating officer of Harleysville Group Inc., has resigned his positions and will leave the company on Jan. 21, 2005.

He will begin a new position as regional vice president of The Hanover Insurance Company’s Florida region, effective Feb. 1, announced The Citizens and Hanover Insurance Companies. In this capacity, Patkus will be responsible for all aspects of commercial and personal lines distribution, marketing and sales in the region.

Patkus joined Harleysville in 1999 as executive vice president of field operations and subsidiaries. He was named president and COO of Harleysville Group in August 2002. From 1999 to 2002 he served as executive vice president of operations and chief executive officer of Harleysville’s insurance subsidiaries, responsible for the company’s field operations and fee-based businesses.

Prior to joining Harleysville, Patkus served for five years as regional president of the St. Paul Companies’ Southeast commercial region, following the company’s merger with USF&G. Patkus also has held senior management and marketing positions with General Accident Insurance, the Hartford Insurance Group and Allstate Insurance, working out of the companies’ Orlando, Florida offices.

Active in industry and community affairs, Patkus sits on the board of NCCI Holdings Inc., a service provider for the workers’ compensation industry. He also has served on the Florida Guaranty Board.

Patkus is a graduate of the University of Maryland and holds both the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) and Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) designations.

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