Jim Westerman named Senior Vice President of Farmers Insurance Pacific Zone
LOS ANGELES, CA—(December 21, 2009)--- Farmers Insurance Group of Companies® announces the appointment of Senior Vice President Jim Westerman to Senior Vice President Field Operations, Pacific Zone, effective immediately. The Pacific Zone includes the states of California, Oregon, Washington and Nevada. Mr. Westerman replaces Steve Feely, Farmers Senior Vice President of Field Operations who is retiring.
“Jim brings a wealth of insurance knowledge to his new position,” notes Jerry Carnahan, Executive Vice President—Field Operations. “He has served in many capacities within Farmers and we wish him the very best in his new position.”
Mr. Westerman began his career with Farmers in May 1983 as an auto underwriter in the Mission, Kan. Regional Office. He held a number of underwriting and sales management positions in St. Louis, Chicago, Portland and Los Angelese until April 1996 when he became Assistant Vice President—Southern California Regional Operations. He was elected AVP / Regional Manager in Southern California in 1997. He became Executive Director of Field Operations— California, in June 1999, and was appointed State Executive Director—Oklahoma in 2000. Effective April 2005 he transferred to Home Office as Vice President — Sales, and was promoted to Senior Vice President—Sales effective May 1, 2007. Effective May 1, 2008 Mr. Westerman was promoted to Senior Vice President Field Operations, Eastern Zone.
A native of Prairie Village, KS, Mr. Westerman holds a Bachelor’s degree, business administration, University of Kansas. He also holds the Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU), and Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC) designations.
He resides in Simi Valley, Calif., with his wife, Karla, and daughter, Julia.