Joseph Kohmann Future Westfield Finance Leader

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WESTFIELD CENTER, OHIO, February 25, 2011 Westfield Insurance has announced that Joseph C. Kohmann is promoted to Group Finance Leader (CFO) and Treasurer at Westfield Insurance effective April 1, 2011. He replaces Robert Krisowaty who retires with more than 10 years of service.

In his new role, Kohmann assumes responsibility for the corporate oversight of finance, accounting, corporate planning, enterprise risk management and investments. As a member of the senior leadership team, he is engaged in corporate strategy development, capital allocation, enterprise risk management, human capital planning and enterprise capability planning and execution.

In July of 2010 Kohmann assumed the position of Assistant Group Finance Leader. He joined Westfield in 2000 as Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of Westfield Bank, a subsidiary of Westfield Group. Prior to joining Westfield, he was the Chief Financial Officer of Janna Industries in Akron, and the Assistant Corporate Controller at Austin Powder Company in Cleveland. He began his career as an auditor in the Cleveland office of Ernst & Young LLP, where he worked with clients ranging from multi-national manufacturing companies to the Cleveland Museum of Art.

Kohmann holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from The Ohio State University and is a licensed CPA in the State of Ohio. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants.

A resident of Sharon Center, Kohmann currently serves as a member of the University of Akron Finance Advisory Board and as Treasurer of the Recreation Association of Highland. He has also served on the board of Medina Creative Housing and is Past Chairman of the Medina County Community Fund. He is a 2006 graduate of Leadership Medina County.

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