Navigators Appoints New Zonal Vice Presidents

NEW YORK, NY, July 29, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Navigators Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:NAVG) today announcedthat its principal underwriting agency subsidiary, NavigatorsManagement Company, Inc. (NMC), has named Connie Taylor-McCrayas Zonal Vice President for the western & central zones of theU.S. and Lynette Cardwell as Zonal Vice President for the southern& southeastern zones of the U.S. Based in Los Angeles,California, Connie replaces Henry A. Lopez, President of SpecialtyProfessional Liability at NMC, who has until now also served as theZonal Vice President of the western & central zones. Based inAlpharetta, Georgia, Lynette replaces Kevin P. Neumann, Head of anew Onshore Energy Liability unit at NMC, who has until now alsoserved as the Zonal Vice President of the southern &southeastern zones.

"We're pleased to have both Connie and Lynette join our dynamicteam," commented Vincent C. Tizzio, President & CEO ofNavigators Management Company, Inc. "Navigators is known for itsunparalleled service and specialty underwriting expertise, andConnie and Lynette will provide the continuity and directdecision-making access to which our brokers and agents have becomeaccustomed."

Ms. Taylor-McCray was most recently Branch Vice President forCNA, working with CNA's commercial, business insurance andspecialty operations in Los Angeles. She will be responsible forboth open-brokerage and wholesale broker relationships in her zone,partnering with Noel Higgitt, Executive Vice President ofNavigators Specialty, who will continue managing wholesale brokerrelationships nationally. The western and central zone in which Ms.Taylor-McCray will have responsibility includes the U.S. states ofAlaska, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas,Michigan, Missouri, Montana, North Dakota, Nebraska, Oregon, SouthDakota, Washington and Wyoming.

Ms. Cardwell was most recently National Broker RelationshipLeader for Fireman's Fund Insurance Company. The southern &southeastern zone in which she will have responsibility includesthe U.S. states of Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida,Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, New Mexico,Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Utah.

The Navigators Group, Inc. is an internationalspecialty insurance holding company with insurance companyoperations, underwriting management companies, and operations atLloyd's. Headquartered in New York, Navigators has offices inmajor insurance centers in the United States, the UnitedKingdom and Continental Europe.

This press release may contain "forward-looking statements" asdefined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.Whenever used in this release, the words "estimate," "expect,""believe," "may," "will," "intend," "continue" or similarexpressions are intended to identify such forward-lookingstatements. We cannot assure that results that we anticipate willbe achieved, since results may differ materially because of knownand unknown risks and uncertainties that we face. Please refer toNavigators' most recent Forms 10-K and 10-Q and its other filingswith the Securities and Exchange Commission for adescription of Navigators' business and the important factors thatmay affect that business. Navigators undertakes no obligation topublicly update or revise any forward-looking statement.
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