Westfield Insurance Hires James Merz as Group Actuarial and Analytics Leader


Westfield Center, Ohio, June 18, 2015 - Westfield Insurance, a super-regional property and casualty insurance carrier, announced the hiring of James Merz to the new role of Group Actuarial and Analytics Leader. In this position, Merz will assume overall responsibility for the Companyís Analytics Resource Center and the Actuarial department.

"We are pleased to welcome Jim to Westfield. His deep and diverse set of professional experiences and educational accomplishments position him well as he assumes this newly-created leadership role," said Westfield Insurance Group Underwriting and Product Leader, Beth Riczko.

Merz joins Westfield from Hanover Insurance Group where he served as vice president and chief actuary. Prior to that, he held a series of actuarial positions at Nationwide Mutual Insurance Companies and Great American Insurance Company. In all, he brings 25 years of actuarial, financial and leadership experience to his new position.

Merz earned his Master of Science in mathematics from John Carroll University and Bachelor of Science in applied mathematics from Kent State University. He is a Fellow of the Casualty Actuarial Society (CAS) and a member of the American Academy of Actuaries. In addition, he possesses the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) and Associate in Reinsurance (ARe) designations.

Merz, having recently concluded his terms on the Board of Directors of the CAS and as a trustee of the Worcester Public Library Foundation, currently serves on the actuarial advisory panel of the Insurance Service Organization and the education policy committee of the CAS. In addition, his co-authored research paper, "Considerations in Estimating Loss Cost Trends" was published in CAS Forum.

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, as a Top Workplace in Northeast Ohio in 2014 and as a Top Workplace in central Ohio in 2015. 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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