NEW YORK, NY, March 21, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Navigators Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:NAVG) today announced that Company founder, Terence N. Deeks (age 73), plans to retire from his role as Chairman of the Board after the upcoming stockholders meeting on May 23, 2013. Mr. Deeks plans to continue to serve as a Director. Mr. Deeks has served as Chairman since the Company's formation in 1974 and was Chief Executive Officer through December 2002. Mr. Deeks retired from full time employment with the Company on June 30, 2010. He began his career at Lloyd's of London in 1957. The Board has chosen Robert V. Mendelsohn (age 66) to succeed Mr. Deeks as Chairman of the Board. Mr. Mendelsohn has served on the Board of Directors since 2010 and has extensive insurance industry experience. He formerly served as Chief Executive of Royal & Sun Alliance Insurance Group, plc in London and as Chief Executive Officer of Royal Insurance Group, Inc., President and Chief Operating Officer of W.R. Berkley Corp. and Chairman of the American Insurance Association. The Company also announced that Marjorie D. Raines (age 66) will retire from the Board of Directors at the conclusion of her current term on May 23, 2013. Ms. Raines has been a Director since 2010 and served as the Chair of the Company's Finance Committee and as a member of the Audit Committee. Ms. Raines retired from the Chubb Group of Insurance Companies in December 2008, where she was Executive Vice President - Chief Investment Officer for Chubb's international operations. The Company announced that the Board has nominated David M. Platter (age 53) to stand for election as a Director at the Company's upcoming stockholders meeting. Mr. Platter is an investment partner at Coller Capital, a leading global investor in private equity "secondaries" -- the acquisition of positions in private equity funds from Limited Partners and of portfolios of companies from corporate or institutional owners. Previously, Mr. Platter served as a Vice Chairman and Managing Director at Credit Suisse in the Investment Banking Department's Financial Institutions Group. Throughout his twenty-seven year career as an investment banker, Mr. Platter provided mergers & acquisitions, capital raising and strategic advisory services to numerous insurance and healthcare companies, banks, thrifts, asset managers and other financial institutions.