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Farmers Insurance names Bob Sadler Senior Vice President of Independent Agency Operations effective January 2012

Los Angeles, CA (November 29, 2011) Farmers Insurance has selected Bob Sadler, a 17-year insurance veteran, for the post of Senior Vice President of Independent Agency Operations beginning in January of the incoming year.

"Our standard Personal Lines, Specialty and Commercial Lines business with Independent Agents has become a significant contributor to the success of our enterprise and I am confident that Bob is the right person to continue the momentum that we have in this distribution channel,” said Mhayse Samalya, president of distribution for Farmers Group, Inc.  “As we strive to grow even more considerably in this area, we are convinced he will deliver.”

In his current role as Vice President of Independent Agency Operations for Farmers, he oversees the company’s relationships with its independent agents who represent the Foremost and Bristol West brands.

Sadler joined the Bristol West Insurance Group in 2001 as part of the merger with Reliant Insurance.  Originally overseeing the Group’s Sales and Marketing units, he was later promoted in 2007 to Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Bristol West Holdings, Inc.  In 2009, Sadler was elected President of Bristol West Holdings, Inc.

Prior to his years in insurance, Sadler, a Certified Public Accountant, served seven years with the Ernst & Young accounting firm, focusing on financial services clients.  He is also a proud graduate of the University of Maryland.

Farmers Insurance Group of Companies is the country's 3rd largest insurer of both personal lines passenger automobile and homeowners insurance, is a leading insurer of small businesses in the United States and also provides a wide range of other insurance and financial services products.  Farmers Insurance is proud to serve more than 10 million households with more than 20 million individual policies across all 50 states through the efforts of over 50,000 exclusive and independent agents and nearly 24,000 employees.

Farmers is a trade name and may refer to Farmers Group, Inc. or the Farmers Exchanges, as the case may be.  Farmers Group, Inc., a management and holding company, along with its subsidiaries, is wholly owned by the Zurich Financial Services Group. The Farmers Exchanges are three reciprocal insurers (Farmers Insurance Exchange, Fire Insurance Exchange and Truck Insurance Exchange), including their subsidiaries and affiliates, owned by their policyholders, and managed by Farmers Group, Inc. and its subsidiaries. For more information about Farmers, visit its Web site at www.farmers.com or at www.Facebook.com/FarmersInsurance.

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