March 19, 2020

Western National Insurance Group Names New Group President

(Minneapolis, Minn.) Western National Mutual Insurance Company, parent company of the Western National Insurance Group, today announced the appointment of Richard E. Long as President, effective immediately.

Mr. Long has served as Senior Vice President of Claims for Western National Mutual Insurance Company since joining the company in 2010, and as President of affiliate Michigan Millers Mutual Insurance Company since 2016. He has served on the Boards of Directors of all Western National wholly owned stock companies, as well as on the Board of the Property Loss Research Bureau and Minnesota Insurance Guaranty Association. Prior to joining Western National Insurance Group, Mr. Long served as Senior Vice President of Claims for Farm Family Casualty Insurance Company, having worked his way up to that position from the role of field adjuster in 1984. He has a BS from SUNY at Binghamton, New York, and he has earned the AIC, CPCU, and ARe designations.

“I am very pleased to announce this well-deserved promotion of Rick to this new leadership position,” said Stuart Henderson, Chief Executive Officer. “This is the result of his many successes at Western National and Michigan Millers over the past decade as a member of our Senior Management Team and is also the next step in my own succession plan.”

Henderson will retain the role of Chief Executive Officer for the Group for the immediate future.

Western National Insurance, headquartered in Edina, Minn., is a super-regional group of property-and-casualty insurance companies providing personal and commercial coverage in 20 states across the Midwestern and Western U.S. as well as in Alaska; and surety bonds in 32 states. The Group writes over $814 million in Direct Premium through eight active insurance companies—Western National Mutual Insurance Company, Western National Assurance Company, Pioneer Specialty Insurance Company, Western Home Insurance Company, Arizona Auto Insurance Company, Umialik Insurance Company, American Freedom Insurance Company, and Nevada General Insurance Company—and through one affiliate, Michigan Millers Mutual Insurance Company. All of the Group’s products are sold exclusively through professional Independent Insurance Agents.

For further information, please contact:

Steve Norman, CPCU, M.A., AIT
Vice President - Communications & Customer Experience
(952) 921-5680 or (800) 862-6070 Ext. 7680

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