Argonaut Group Announces Changes to its Board

March 21, 2005

San Antonio-based Argonaut Group Inc. reported that Dr. George A. Roberts, 86, notified the company that he will not stand for reelection to the Argonaut Group Inc. Board of Directors at the company’s annual meeting of stockholders on May 10, 2005.

Dr. Roberts has been a director of the Company since 1986 and served as Chairman of the Board of Directors from December 1998 to April 2000.

Commenting on Dr. Robert’s retirement, Gary V. Woods, chairman of the Board, said, “On behalf of the Board of Directors, the stockholders, and the countless policyholders and employees who have benefited from his contributions, I want to thank George Roberts for his tireless and dedicated service to Argonaut Group Inc. But for his vision and perseverance, we would not be the strong and prosperous company we are today.”

After receiving his Ph.D. in metallurgy from Carnegie Institute of Technology, now Carnegie-Mellon University, Dr. Roberts began his career as a research engineer at the Vanadium Alloys Steel Company, which later became Vasco Metals Corp., a NYSE company. Dr. Roberts was president and CEO of Vasco at the time it was acquired by Teledyne Inc. A close friend and business partner of Teledyne’s founder, Henry Singleton, he served as president of Teledyne from 1966 to 1990 and as its chief executive officer from 1986 to 1991. Argonaut Insurance Company was acquired by Teledyne during his tenure in 1969.

In 1986, Argonaut Insurance Company and its various subsidiaries were spun off to Teledyne’s shareholders as an independent public company, Argonaut Group Inc. Dr. Roberts has served as a director of the company since that time, during which Argonaut Group has seen its assets grow from $1.7 to $3.1 billion and evolved into a leading national specialty underwriter.

The company also announced that the Nominating Committee of its board has nominated H. Berry Cash, 66, to stand for election to the board of directors at its upcoming annual meeting of stockholders.

Cash, a nationally known venture capitalist, is a General Partner of InterWest Partners in Menlo Park, Calif. He began his career at Texas Instruments in 1964, and later was a consultant to Apple Computer on the original Macintosh project. In 1983 he founded his own venture capital fund, Berry Cash Southwest Partnership, which he later combined with InterWest Partners in 1985.

Cash currently serves on the board of directors of the following publicly-held companies: Ciena Corporation, Silicon Laboratories Inc., Airspan Networks Inc., i2 Technologies Inc., Staktek Holdings Inc., First Acceptance Corporation, and Microtune Inc.

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