Insurer Trade Group PCI Elects New Officers: Joyce, Blackburn, Abraham

October 31, 2007

The Property Casualty Insurers Association of America (PCI) elected new officers during its annual meeting in Boston today. Robert Joyce, chairman and chief executive officer of Westfield Group, was elected as the association’s new chair; John Blackburn, CEO of Country Insurance & Financial Services was elected first chair, and Janice Abraham, president and CEO of United Educators Insurance, was elected second vice chair.

PCI also elected two new members to its board: Vincent Donnelly, president and CEO, PMA Capital Corp., and Darin Kath, president and CEO at Jewelers Mutual Insurance Co.

PCI’s new chair, Joyce, has more than 25 years experience in the insurance industry and currently leads Westfield, a diversified financial services organization with over $3 billion in assets.

Joyce’s experience includes serving as senior vice president and treasurer of Philadelphia-based Reliance Insurance Group, followed by senior vice president and chief operating officer of Reliance Surety before joining Westfield in 1996. Prior to CEO, he held the positions of president of Westfield Management Co. and chief operating officer at Westfield.

PCI’s First Vice Chair John Blackburn has served as CEO for Coiuntry Insurance & Financial Services since August 2001. He is also chairman of the board of directors of three companies with which Country has strategic alliances: Holyoke Mutual Insurance Co., Salem, Mass.; Middlesex Mutual Assurance Co., Middletown, Conn.; and MSI Preferred Insurance Co., Arden Hills, Minn.

Blackburn began his career with Country in 1982 as an agent in Christian County (Ill.). Later, he served as agency manager, district director of Agencies, regional vice president of Agency, vice president of Agency and senior vice president of Marketing.

PCI’s Second Vice Chair Janice Abraham joined United Educators Insurance as president and CEO in January 1998. She is also president and CEO of United Educators Management Co. Abraham has 14 years of experience in serving the higher education community through her work as chief financial officer/treasurer at Whitman College (1989-1997), various senior positions at Cornell University (1985-1989), and the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO) where she served as staff associate.

Abraham also served as an international banker for J. P. Morgan. She is a former president of the Western Association of College and University Business officers (WACUBO) and a past member of the board of directors of NACUBO.

PCI is composed of more than 1,000 member companies. PCI members write over $194 billion in annual premium, 40.1 percent of the nation’s property/casualty insurance. Member companies write 51.3 percent of the U.S. automobile insurance market, 39 percent of the homeowners market, 32.1 percent of the commercial property and liability market, and 38.7 percent of the private workers compensation market.

Source: PCI

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