Argo Group International Holdings, Ltd. (NasdaqGS: AGII), an international underwriter of specialty insurance and reinsurance products, announced that Valerie Baucher has joined Argo Assurances, Argo Group’s Paris-based underwriting platform for large specialty risks. Ms. Baucher will lead a financial lines and casualty account with French brokers.

“Valerie’s expertise in setting up and managing key underwriting operations in her past positions is integral to expanding into the French marketplace and ultimately throughout the European market,” said Bruno Ritchie, managing director for Argo Assurances in Paris. “She’s a recognized expert who will extend the Argo Group brand within the broker community as we build our branch office in Paris.”

Ms. Baucher will focus on commercial professional indemnity and E&O in the areas of intellectual activities/services and IT and media firms, as well as casualty products liability and comprehensive general liability. Accounts will be written on behalf of Argo Group’s Lloyd’s Syndicate through its coverholder, Argo Direct, Ltd.

With more than 17 years experience in underwriting, Ms. Baucher was most recently employed at ACE as head of professional indemnity for Europe and at AIG Europe as professional liability manager. She holds a master of civil and commercial law degree, having studied at both the University of Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne and the Institut D’Etudes Judiciaires of Paris.

Ms. Baucher can be reached in Paris at +33 (0)1 56 52 94 91 or at valerie.baucher@argo-int.com.

ABOUT ARGO GROUP INTERNATIONAL HOLDINGS, LTD.

Argo Assurances is a member of Argo Group International Holdings, Ltd. (NasdaqGS: AGII), an international underwriter of specialty insurance and reinsurance products in the property and casualty market. Argo Group offers a full line of 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 Group'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 www.argolimited.com.

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