BOSTON (March 29, 2002) - OneBeacon Insurance Group announced today that Chuck Chokel has joined the company as a Managing Director. He will report to Ray Barrette, OneBeacon Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, who explained that Chokel will be a "minister without portfolio or boundaries" for the immediate future.
"Chuck will devote his energies to assisting all of us with our major initiatives," said Barrette. "He will participate in all operations and staff areas, review opportunities in both insurance and reinsurance in the U.S. and abroad, and work at getting more even more good people on board."
Chokel was also named a Director of Fund American, a holding company for OneBeacon.
Chokel joins OneBeacon after serving for a year as Chief Financial Officer at Conseco Finance. Prior to that, he was co-Chief Executive Officer of Progressive Insurance, with responsibility for investment and capital management. He held various positions during his 23-year career at Progressive, including President of the California region, Chief Financial Officer and Head of Sales and Marketing.
Headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts, OneBeacon Insurance Group is committed to being the leading independent agency property/casualty insurance group in the Northeast. With roots dating back 170 years and an A.M. Best rating of A (excellent), OneBeacon offers a wide range of personal, commercial and specialty products and services, which are sold exclusively through select property/casualty independent agents. Specialty operations are conducted on a national basis.
OneBeacon is a wholly owned subsidiary of White Mountains Insurance Group, Ltd., of Hamilton, Bermuda (NYSE: WTM), whose principal executive offices are in White River Junction, Vermont.
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