September 3, 2013

Western National Announces General Counsel Succession Plan

(Minneapolis, Minn.) Western National Insurance Group today announced that Jon R. Hebeisen will be joining the companies as Vice President, General Counsel, on September 3, 2013, as part of the succession plan for current Vice President – General Counsel, Joseph J. Pingatore, who after almost nine years with the company in that capacity, will be retiring in April 2014.

Hebeisen has spent the last 11 years in the Legal Counsel positions at both Allianz Life Insurance Company and Blue Cross Blue Shield Minnesota. Prior to that, he was Legal Services/Litigation Counsel for the Western National Insurance Companies, with experience prior to that as a litigator in private practice. He obtained his B.S. in Speech Communications (Magna Cum Laude) from St. Cloud State University and his Juris Doctor degree (Cum Laude) from the University of Minnesota.

“I have had the personal pleasure of working closely with Joe Pingatore for almost a decade, to the companies’ great benefit, and we wish him well in retirement,” said Stuart Henderson, Western National’s President and CEO. “I have also had the pleasure of working with Jon in my early years here at Western, and given his intelligence, experience, and ethics, he will also fill the role in an exemplary fashion.”

Western National Insurance Group (WNIG), headquartered in Edina, Minn., is a super-regional group of seven active property-and-casualty insurance companies writing over $365 million of premium on over $300 million of policyholder’s surplus. The group serves the property-and-casualty insurance needs of individuals, families, and businesses in 18 states in the Midwestern, Northwestern, and Southwestern U.S., with products sold exclusively through independent insurance agents.

For further information, please contact:

Steve Norman, CPCU, M.A., AIT

Assistant Vice President - Communications

(952) 921–5680 or (800) 862–6070 Ext. 7680