Westfield Insurance Hires Brian Roche as Group Procurement Leader


Westfield Center, Ohio, July 16, 2015 - Westfield Insurance, a super-regional property and casualty insurance carrier, announced the hiring of Brian Roche as its group procurement leader. In this position, Roche will assume overall responsibility for the Company’s procurement strategy, including strategic sourcing practices, purchase-to-pay policies and the vendor risk management program.

“We are pleased to welcome Brian to the Westfield team,” said Westfield Insurance Group Finance Leader, Joe Kohmann. “His wide-ranging sourcing and procurement experience, as well as his in-depth knowledge of the financial services industry, provides him with an excellent foundation from which to lead our procurement department.”

Roche joins Westfield from Citizens Bank, where he served in various leadership positions managing vendor risk, sourcing events and technology, and training programs. Before that, he was vice president, senior sourcing strategist for Key Bank National Association. In all, he brings 15 years of procurement, financial and leadership experience to his new position with Westfield.

Roche earned his graduate degree in information systems management from Case Western Reserve University and his undergraduate degree in finance from Ohio University.

He is a former member of BITS, the technology policy division of the Financial Services Roundtable, an industry group with expertise on managing vendor risk, has served as a Steering Committee member on the Risk Management Association’s Vendor Management Roundtable and currently serves on the Board of Deacons at Rocky River Presbyterian Church.

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 nation’s 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 Ward’s 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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