HAMILTON, Bermuda, March 6 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- White Mountains
Insurance Group, Ltd. (NYSE: WTM) announced today that Allan Waters has been
elected CEO of its reinsurance group, White Mountains Re Group, Ltd. He
succeeds Tom Hutton who remains Deputy Chairman of the White Mountains Re
Board and will serve as a Senior Advisor to Mr. Waters.
Ray Barrette, Chairman and CEO, said, "I am delighted to have Allan rejoin
the management team. Allan knows our Company and our businesses well. White
Mountains Re will benefit greatly from his experience, judgment, and
management talent." Mr. Barrette continued, "We appreciate Tom's leadership
of White Mountains' global reinsurance operations over the past year and
respect his desire to spend less time away from his family on the West Coast.
His continuing association with the Company will create value for our owners."
Mr. Waters was elected to the White Mountains Board in November 2005 and
previously served on the Board from 2003 to 2004. He remains a director. Mr.
Waters also held various management positions with the Company from its IPO in
1985 until his retirement as Chief Financial Officer in 1998.
In his new role, Mr. Waters no longer qualifies as an independent
director under NYSE rules. In order to allow the Company to remain in
compliance with NYSE rules regarding a majority of independent directors,
Steven Fass, a Director since 2000, has agreed to retire from the White
Mountains Board at this time.
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 www.whitemountains.com.
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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 and related reinsurance;
-- projections of revenues, income (or loss), earnings (or loss) per
share, dividends, market share or other financial forecasts;
-- expansion and growth of our business and operations; and
-- future capital expenditures.
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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:
-- the risks associated with Item 1A of White Mountains' 2006 Annual
Report on Form 10-K;
-- 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
-- competitive forces, including the conduct of other property and
casualty insurers and reinsurers;
-- changes in domestic or foreign laws or regulations, or their
interpretation, applicable to White Mountains, its competitors or its
-- an economic downturn or other economic conditions adversely affecting
its financial position;
-- recorded loss reserves 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: David Foy, Tel: (203) 458-5850
SOURCE White Mountains Insurance Group, Ltd
Contact: David Foy of White Mountains Insurance Group, Ltd.,