Westfield Insurance Leadership Changes Take Effect


WESTFIELD CENTER, OHIO January 25, 2011 Completing a previously announced transition plan, Mr. James Clay has assumed the role of Westfield Group Leader and Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Edward Largent becomes Westfield Insurance Leader and President and Mr. Robert Joyce now serves as the Executive Chair on the Board of Directors.

Mr. Clay previously served as Westfield Insurance Leader and President. He began his career at Westfield in 1980 and has served the Company in numerous capacities for 30 years. Mr. Clay is a graduate of The Ohio State University. He serves on the Board of the Ohio Chamber of Commerce and on the North American Insurance Advisory Council for IBM. He is a member of the Insurance Information Institute.

Mr. Largent began his Westfield career in 1986. He is a graduate of Bowling Green State University and the University of Chicago Booth School of Business Executive Institute. In prior roles, Mr. Largent served as Group Administration Leader as well as Group Leader of Information Technology. He has guided Westfield initiatives in agency automation and business intelligence. Mr. Largent serves on the Board of the Cleveland Leadership Center and fulfills the position of Treasurer of Habitat for Humanity of Wayne County, Ohio. He is also a board trustee for Ideastream and a member of the Bowling Green State University College of Arts and Sciences Advocates Board.

Mr. Joyce now serves as the Executive Chair on the Westfield Board of Directors. He has announced plans to retire in March 2012. A past Chair of the Board of Governors of the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America, Mr. Joyce continues to represent Westfield as an active member. He is a Trustee at Playhouse Square Foundation and the Griffith Insurance Education Foundation. Mr. Joyce serves on the Advisory Committee for Team Northeast Ohio (Team NEO). A graduate of Villanova University and retired Navy Captain, Mr. Joyce is a veteran of Desert Shield and Desert Storm.

Chair of the Westfield Governance and Nominating Committee, Mr. Thomas Workman said, "With this transition complete, Westfield employees, customers, agents and the communities served will continue to experience the same trusting, caring relationships that have been the foundation of the Company since its formation in 1848."

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