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State Auto boards elects new officers


COLUMBUS, Ohio – March 31, 2009 – The boards of directors of State Automobile Mutual Insurance Company and State Auto Property & Casualty Insurance Company have elected several State Auto associates officers in the company.

Rick L. Holbein, Nelson E. McCants and Matthew S. Mrozek have been elected vice presidents; Joyce Dallessio, David J. Hosler, Gregory S. Ramah and Amrinderjeet Singh have been elected assistant vice presidents; and Arthur S. Hersey has been elected assistant secretary.

Holbein, 52, was recently named vice president of field personal underwriting, based in Nashville, Tenn. Holbein joined State Auto in 1986, having since served as regional vice president of State Auto’s Southern Regional Office in Greer, S.C., and assistant vice president of personal lines underwriting. He is a graduate of Bowling Green State University.

McCants, 61, is dean of State Auto University. McCants was most recently regional vice president of State Auto’s Eastern Regional Office, and has served in a number of additional capacities since joining the company in 1985. McCants earned an undergraduate degree from the University of Cincinnati and an MBA from Franklin University.

Mrozek, 40, joined State Auto in 1990, and current serves as chief actuarial officer. He is a graduate of Westminster College, a Fellow of Casualty Actuarial Society, and a member of the American Academy of Actuaries.

Dallessio, 41, joined State Auto in 2008 as sales financial officer following a nearly 20-year career with Travelers, where she managed the company’s New York presence and worked directly with independent agents during her years as financial officer in the company’s southern region. Dallessio is a graduate of the University of Connecticut and a Fellow of the Casualty Actuarial Society.

Hosler, 47, is central zone vice president of State Auto Middle Market Insurance, which offers . Prior to joining State Auto in 2007, Hosler served as director of branch operations for USG Insurance Services and director of branch development and marketing training for Burns & Wilcox Ltd. Hosler received a bachelor’s degree from Bowling Green State University and an MBA from Miami University of Ohio.

Ramah, 49, is director of State Auto’s program management office. Ramah joined State Auto as a program manager in 2007, after serving in a similar role with National City Bank Corporation. He is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame.

Singh, 44, is a program manager overseeing business underwriting support who served Grange Insurance as assistant vice president of both claim operations and personal lines operations prior to joining State Auto in 2008. Singh is a cum laude graduate of Texas Tech University and received an MBA from The Ohio State University, and is a member of the board of trustees of the Columbus Council on World Affairs.

Hersey, 53, is manager of administrative services. He joined State Auto as a payment services clerk in 1989 after receiving an associate’s degree from Belmont Technical College and a bachelor’s degree from Franklin University. Hersey has since served as fleet administrator and supervisor of administrative services. He is a past vice chair of the National Association of Fleet Administrators.

The State Auto Insurance Companies, headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, are engaged primarily in writing personal and business insurance products exclusively through approximately 3,400 independent insurance agencies in 33 states and are proud to be a Trusted Choice® company partner. The State Auto Insurance Companies include State Auto Financial Corporation (NASDAQ:STFC) and State Automobile Mutual Insurance Company, which is one of only 13 companies to be rated A+ (Superior) by the A.M. Best Company every year since 1954. Additional information can be found online at StateAuto.com.

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