Lydecker, Downs Named Brown & Brown Regional Presidents

January 7, 2011

Brown & Brown Inc. reports that Charles H. Charlie Lydecker has been elected regional president responsible for a number of the company’s retail operations in the state of Florida and for certain of its retail operations in Arizona, New Jersey, New York, Texas and Virginia.

In his new position, Lydecker will continue to be responsible for his current regional operations but will have an expanded role in further growing the Company’s overall operations.

Lydecker has been with Brown & Brown since 1990. He has been promoted through several positions over the years and was named regional executive vice president in 2002.

Also, Linda S. Downs, currently serving as senior executive vice president, has been elected a regional president. She is assuming responsibility for the oversight of additional retail operations in Michigan, New Jersey, New York and Ohio. She will continue to be responsible for certain of the retail operations in Delaware, Georgia, Kentucky, Illinois, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Wisconsin, and for Halcyon Underwriters, Inc., a wholesale brokerage division operation in Orlando, Florida.

Downs will also continue to oversee certain corporate matters, including the company’s Benefits Department and its Leadership Schools.

Downs has been with Brown & Brown since 1980, when she was a profit center leader of the Orlando, Florida retail office, where she worked until 1998. She was named regional executive vice president in 2001, and she was promoted to executive vice president for Leadership Development in January 2006. She currently serves as director and as president or in another executive officer capacity for several of the firm’s subsidiaries.

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