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Miller to Join OneBeacon as Chief Operating Officer

April 11, 2005 at 8:13 AM EDT

BOSTON, April 11 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- OneBeacon Insurance, a wholly owned subsidiary of White Mountains Insurance Group, Ltd. (NYSE: WTM - News), announced that Mike Miller will join the company in mid-April as Chief Operating Officer. Initially, Miller will oversee the specialty businesses and many key corporate functions. CEO John Cavoores said, "I am very excited to welcome Mike as a partner. We've worked together in the past and I am confident that he will quickly add significant value to OneBeacon and the entire White Mountains organization. His stature in the business and knowledge of the specialty markets will accelerate our transformation into a highly-segmented, specialty carrier."

Miller comes to OneBeacon with over 24 years of insurance experience. He spent his first 14 years at Chubb and the last ten years at St. Paul Travelers, most recently as co-chief operating officer.

Headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts, OneBeacon Insurance Group offers a wide range of specialty, personal and commercial insurance products and services sold primarily through select independent agents. OneBeacon is one of the oldest property and casualty insurers in the United States, tracing its roots to 1831 and the Potomac Fire Insurance Company. The Company's specialty businesses provide customized coverages to certain niche markets including ocean marine, professional liability and agribusiness, among others. OneBeacon serves personal insurance customers and small-to-midsized businesses through a variety of highly segmented products.

OneBeacon Insurance Group is wholly owned by White Mountains Insurance Group, Ltd. of Hamilton, Bermuda. White Mountains' principal businesses are conducted through its subsidiaries and affiliates in the business of property- casualty insurance and reinsurance. The company is publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange and the Bermuda Stock Exchange under the symbol "WTM".

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This press release may contain "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. All statements, other than statements of historical facts, included or referenced in this release which address activities, events or developments which we expect or anticipate will or may occur in the future are forward-looking statements. The words "will," "believe," "intend," "expect," "anticipate," "project," "estimate," "predict" and similar expressions are also intended to identify forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements include, among others, statements with respect to White Mountains':

     * growth in book value per share or return on equity;
     * business strategy;
     * financial and operating targets or plans;
     * incurred losses and the adequacy of its loss and loss adjustment
       expense reserves;

     * projections of revenues, income (or loss), earnings (or loss) per
       share, dividends, market share or other financial forecasts;
     * expansion and growth of its business and operations; and
     * future capital expenditures.

These statements are based on certain assumptions and analyses made by White Mountains in light of its experience and perception of historical trends, current conditions and expected future developments, as well as other factors believed to be appropriate in the circumstances. However, whether actual results and developments will conform with its expectations and predictions is subject to a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from expectations, including:

     * claims arising from catastrophic events, such as hurricanes,
       earthquakes, floods or terrorist attacks;
     * the continued availability of capital and financing;
     * general economic, market or business conditions;
     * business opportunities (or lack thereof) that may be presented to it
       and pursued;
     * competitive forces, including the conduct of other insurers and
     * changes in domestic or foreign laws or regulations applicable to White
       Mountains, its competitors or its  clients;
     * an economic downturn or other economic conditions adversely affecting
       its financial position;
     * loss reserves established subsequently proving to have been inadequate;
     * other factors, most of which are beyond White Mountains' control.

Consequently, all of the forward-looking statements made in this press release are qualified by these cautionary statements, and there can be no assurance that the actual results or developments anticipated by White Mountains will be realized or, even if substantially realized, that they will have the expected consequences to, or effects on, White Mountains or its business or operations. White Mountains assumes no obligation to update publicly any such forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Contact: Carmen Duarte
Phone: 617.725.6598
Fax: 888.385.0173

Source: OneBeacon Insurance