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Farmers Insurance announces retirement of Jack Hannigan, Executive Vice President of Independent Agency Operations, at year-end

Grand Rapids, MI (August 4, 2011) -- After an impressive 42 years as a leader in the insurance industry, John J. “Jack” Hannigan, executive vice president of independent agency operations for Farmers Insurance Group has decided to retire at the end of the year.

“Jack has played an integral role in helping our organization prosper among our independent agency distribution system,” said Mhayse Samalya, president of distribution for Farmers Group, Inc. “His contributions have positioned us well to continue our future growth.”

In 1983, Hannigan joined Foremost as vice president of administration and was promoted to senior vice president a year later. The following year, Hannigan was elected executive vice president of operations with responsibility for the company’s information systems, policy operations, corporate facilities and human resources.

Hannigan became executive vice president of agency marketing in 1989 and assumed the added responsibility for corporate marketing in 1991. Oversight of the claims operation was added in 1997.

Prior to joining Foremost, Hannigan was a member of the CIGNA organization, having served in a number of roles, including vice president of the central region.
Hannigan currently serves as a member of the executive advisory board of the Grand Rapids Children’s Museum. He has also served as a board member of the Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce and chairperson of the Grand Rapids Chapter of Junior Achievement.

Robert D. Sadler, vice president of independent agency operations at Foremost will replace Hannigan upon his retirement.

About Foremost Insurance
A part of the Farmers Insurance Group of Companies®, Foremost Insurance Group ("Foremost") has been a leader in personal lines insurance since 1952. Foremost is headquartered in Caledonia, Michigan. 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 Foremost, visit www.Foremost.com or www.Facebook.com/ForemostInsurance.

About Farmers
Farmers Insurance Group of Companies is the country's 3rd largest insurer of both personal lines passenger automobile and homeowners insurance, 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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