Argo International, a specialist Lloyd’s insurer and subsidiary of Argo Group International Holdings, Ltd. (NASDAQ: AGII), today announced the appointment of Ashley Lawrence as head of claims. In his new role, Mr. Lawrence will report to Argo International Managing Director Jeff Radke. His appointment is effective immediately.

“Ashley’s extensive claims expertise provides a necessary service to our clients," said Mr. Radke. “We have a ‘best-in-class’ claims operation and Ashley’s appointment ensures that we will continue to be an industry leader in this area.”

With more than 25 years of claims experience, Mr. Lawrence joins Argo International from R J Kiln & Co Limited, where he held a variety of roles within the claims team, including head of claims. He is an active member of The International Association of Claims Professionals, The City Forum, The London Market Claims Council and the Association of Average Adjusters, as well as a number of Lloyd’s committees.


Argo Group International Holdings, Ltd. (NasdaqGS: AGII) is an international underwriter of specialty insurance and reinsurance products in the property and casualty market. Argo Group offers a full line of high-quality products and services designed to meet the unique coverage and claims handling needs of businesses in four primary segments: Excess & Surplus Lines, Commercial Specialty, International Specialty and Syndicate 1200. Argo's insurance subsidiaries are A. M. Best-rated 'A' (Excellent) (third highest rating out of 16 rating classifications) with a stable outlook*, and Argo's U.S. insurance subsidiaries are Standard and Poor's-rated 'A-' (Strong) with a stable outlook. More information on Argo Group and its subsidiaries is available at

(* Includes Argonaut Great Central Insurance Company, Argonaut Insurance Company, Argonaut Midwest Insurance Company, and Select Markets Insurance Company.)


This press release contains certain statements that are “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Such statements are qualified by the inherent risks and uncertainties surrounding future expectations generally and also may differ materially from actual future experience involving any one or more of such statements. For a more detailed discussion of such risks and uncertainties, see Argo Group's filings with the SEC. The inclusion of a forward-looking statement herein should not be regarded as a representation by Argo Group that Argo Group's objectives will be achieved. Argo Group undertakes no obligation to publicly update forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

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