Westfield Insurance Promotes Kristine Neate to National Underwriting Office Leader


Westfield Center, Ohio, March 30, 2015 - Westfield Insurance, a super-regional property and casualty insurance carrier, announced the promotion of Kristine Neate to the new role of National Underwriting Office Leader. In this position, Neate will assume overall responsibility for reviewing and refining the underwriting practices for the insurance operation and managing the product portfolio. Her areas of oversight will include the commercial lines product management, personal lines product management, risk services, and the premium audit and regulatory compliance functions.

"Kristineís depth of underwriting knowledge and product experience, including her most recent role leading the commercial line product management team, make her an excellent fit for this position," said Westfield Insurance Group Underwriting and Product Leader, Beth Riczko. "The creation of this new position highlights the importance of collaboration among these functions and our underwriting and sales operations," added Riczko.

Neate joined Westfield in 1993 as a trainee in commercial lines and most recently served as the commercial underwriting and products leader. In that role, she was responsible for commercial lines product management and new product development, state filings, commercial underwriting practices, and underwriting quality assurance. Prior to that, she held a series of positions at Westfield within commercial lines field underwriting, new hire recruiting and training, marketing, and several roles in the commercial underwriting office.

Neate earned her Bachelor of Science degree in marketing from Miami University (Ohio). She has previously served on the Board of Directors for the Medina City Schools Foundation, volunteered at the Battered Womenís Shelter of Summit and Medina Counties and was a member of the 2008 graduating class of Leadership Medina County.

About Westfield Insurance
Westfield Insurance is part of Westfield Group, a customer-focused insurance and banking group of businesses headquartered in Westfield Center, Ohio and in business for more than 167 years. Westfield Insurance provides commercial insurance in 21 states, personal insurance in 10 states and surety services to customers in 50 states. Westfield is one of the nationís 50 largest property and casualty insurance groups, represented by a network of more than 1,000 independent insurance agencies. Westfield Insurance was named to the 2014 Wardís 50 list of top performing insurance companies and as a Top Workplace in Northeast Ohio. Westfield Bank provides banking solutions for businesses and individuals, and Westfield Services provides service and training support for independent insurance agencies. Learn more about Westfield Group at www.WestfieldInsurance.com and www.Westfield-Bank.com.

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