BOSTON, July 1, 2005 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX/ -- OneBeacon Insurance Group, a wholly owned subsidiary of White Mountains Insurance Group, Ltd. (NYSE: WTM), today announced that Mike Miller has been appointed President & CEO. He replaces John Cavoores, who is leaving the company for personal reasons. The change is effective immediately.
Ray Barrette, CEO of White Mountains and Chairman of OneBeacon said, "John Cavoores joined the White Mountains team in 2000 and was a major player in the subsequent turnaround of OneBeacon. As OneBeacon's CEO since 2003, he has successfully reinvented the company around dedicated teams of talented professionals focused on specialty and segmented lines and supported by a flexible corporate organization. We wish him and his family happiness as he transitions away from his White Mountains-OneBeacon family and would hope to work with him again in the future. Further demonstrating his commitment, John recruited his old friend Mike Miller earlier this year as Chief Operating Officer and likely successor."
Barrette continued, "Mike Miller is able, willing and ready to assume the leadership of OneBeacon. Mike is a consummate professional with a long track record of underwriting profits, sound business decisions and successful team building. He has already demonstrated his grasp of the business challenges and his ability to get things done. As CEO, he will continue to build on the specialty/segmented focus; guide the team through a softening market; and above all, continue to deliver value for shareholders. We are delighted to welcome Mike as a senior partner on the White Mountains team."
Miller came to OneBeacon with over 24 years of insurance experience. He spent his first 14 years at Chubb Specialty and the last ten years at St. Paul, where he ran the specialty businesses. Most recently he was co-chief operating officer at St. Paul Travelers. He joined OneBeacon in April as 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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SOURCE: OneBeacon Insurance Group
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