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State Auto boards elect new officers


COLUMBUS, Ohio – June 11, 2009 – The boards of directors of State Automobile Mutual Insurance Company and State Auto Property & Casualty Insurance Company have elected six associates assistant vice presidents of the companies.

Robert (Bob) A. Bachtell, 45, is claim manager for State Auto’s Ohio region. Bachtell joined Midwest Security Insurance Company of Onalaska, Wis., in 1989, prior to its 1997 acquisition by State Auto. He holds the Associate in Claims (AIC) and Associate in Insurance Services (AIS) designations and earned a degree in business administration from Wartburg College.

Wayne F. Berner, 37, is manager of personal insurance actuarial. Since joining State Auto in 1993, Berner has served in several actuarial staff and management positions. He was elected assistant secretary of the companies in 2005. Berner is a Fellow of the Casualty Actuarial Society (FCAS) and a Member of the American Academy of Actuaries (MAAA). He earned a bachelor’s degree in actuarial science from the University of Iowa.

Stephen (Steve) W. Miller, 47, has served in number of roles in State Auto’s claims operations since 1989, currently serving as a corporate claim manager. Miller is a member and past president of the National Society of Professional Insurance Investigators and a member of the Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys. He holds a bachelor’s degree in public affairs from Indiana University.

Diane L. Monnin, 47, began her State Auto career in 1987 as a personal lines underwriter, later serving in several personal lines staff and management positions before assuming her current role as personal insurance product manager. Diane is a graduate of Mount Vernon Nazarene University who holds the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriting (CPCU) and Associate in Reinsurance (ARe) designations.

William (Bill) L. Peters, 59, joined State Auto in 2007 after serving as managing attorney for a large national auto insurer. Peters is State Auto’s corporate claim counsel who holds an undergraduate degree from The Ohio State University and a juris doctor from Capital University. He is active in the Ohio Bar Association and the Defense Research Institute.

Neil E. Stufft, 55, is director of custom insurance operations in State Auto’s business insurance division. Prior to joining the company in 1987, Stufft worked in an independent insurance agency and served as vice president of underwriting for a regional property and casualty insurance carrier. He holds the CPCU, ARe and Associate in Research and Planning (ARP) designations.

State Automobile Mutual Insurance Company, headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, is a super regional property and casualty insurance holding company. The company is primarily engaged in writing personal and business insurance products exclusively through independent insurance agencies in 33 states and is proud to be a Trusted Choice® company partner. State Auto Mutual is part of the State Auto Group. The State Auto Group is rated A+ (Superior) by the A.M. Best Company and consists of State Automobile Mutual, State Auto Property & Casualty, State Auto National, State Auto Ohio, State Auto Wisconsin, State Auto Florida, Milbank, Farmers Casualty, Meridian Security, Meridian Citizens Mutual, Beacon National, Beacon Lloyds, Patrons Mutual and Litchfield Mutual Fire.

State Auto Mutual also writes specialty insurance and workers’ compensation products through its Rockhill insurance subsidiaries. The Rockhill insurance subsidiaries, rated A- (Excellent) by the A.M. Best Company, write business on a non-admitted basis in 49 states and the District of Columbia, and are licensed on an admitted basis in 42 states and the District of Columbia.  Additional information on State Auto Mutual can be found online atwww.StateAuto.com.

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