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White Mountains Announces the Retirement of Director Frank Olson

February 24, 2006 at 8:01 AM EST

HAMILTON, Bermuda, Feb. 24 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- White Mountains Insurance Group, Ltd. (NYSE: WTM) today announced that Frank Olson, a director since 1996, has retired from the Board.

Chairman George Gillespie said, "Frank Olson, our dear friend and long-time partner, has diligently served our owners over many years. We are all grateful for his dedication to the Company and loyalty to our owners. We will miss his sound advice and counsel. We wish him well."


White Mountains is a Bermuda-domiciled financial services holding company traded on the New York Stock Exchange and the Bermuda Stock Exchange under the symbol WTM. Additional financial information and other items of interest are available at the Company's web site located at

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The 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':

    x growth in book value per share or return on equity;
    x business strategy;
    x financial and operating targets or plans;
    x incurred losses and the adequacy of its loss and loss adjustment expense
      reserves and related reinsurance;
    x projections of revenues, income (or loss), earnings (or loss) per share,
      dividends, market share or other financial forecasts;
    x expansion and growth of our business and operations; and
    x 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 to our expectations and predictions is subject to a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from expectations, including:

    x claims arising from catastrophic events, such as hurricanes,
      earthquakes, floods or terrorist attacks;
    x the continued availability of capital and financing;
    x general economic, market or business conditions;
    x business opportunities (or lack thereof) that may be presented to it and
    x competitive forces, including the conduct of other property and casualty
      insurers and reinsurers;
    x changes in domestic or foreign laws or regulations, or their
      interpretation, applicable to White Mountains, its competitors or its
    x an economic downturn or other economic conditions adversely affecting
      its financial position;
    x recorded loss reserves subsequently proving to have been inadequate;
    x 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: David Foy, +1-203-458-5850, for White Mountains Insurance

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SOURCE White Mountains Insurance Group, Ltd.

CONTACT: David Foy, +1-203-458-5850, for White Mountains Insurance Group, Ltd.

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