Eitel Appointed to Safeco Board of Directors

August 15, 2005

Seattle-based Safeco’s board of directors has appointed Maria S. Eitel as director, effective Aug. 11, 2005. She will serve on the board’s Nominating/Governance Committee and will stand for election at the company’s annual meeting of shareholders in May 2006.

Eitel is president of the Nike Foundation and corporate advisor to Nike Inc. From 1998 to 2004, she served as Nike Inc.’s vice president for Corporate Responsibility. Before joining Nike, Eitel was senior manager of Microsoft Corporation’s European Corporate Affairs Group. She previously held positions in public affairs, communications and media affairs at the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, MCI Communications Corp., and the White House during the administration of George H.W. Bush.

“With her sound business judgment and deep experience in public affairs, community relations and corporate responsibility issues, Maria brings an exciting new dynamic to the Safeco board,” said Mike McGavick, Safeco chairman and CEO.

“I am delighted to join the board of a company with such a strong commitment to its customers, its people and the communities in which it does business,” Eitel said.

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