NEW YORK, NY, July 29, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Navigators Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:NAVG) today announced that its principal underwriting agency subsidiary, Navigators Management Company, Inc. (NMC), has named Connie Taylor-McCray as Zonal Vice President for the western & central zones of the U.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 Specialty Professional Liability at NMC, who has until now also served as the Zonal Vice President of the western & central zones. Based in Alpharetta, Georgia, Lynette replaces Kevin P. Neumann, Head of a new Onshore Energy Liability unit at NMC, who has until now also served as the Zonal Vice President of the southern & southeastern zones. "We're pleased to have both Connie and Lynette join our dynamic team," commented Vincent C. Tizzio, President & CEO of Navigators Management Company, Inc. "Navigators is known for its unparalleled service and specialty underwriting expertise, and Connie and Lynette will provide the continuity and direct decision-making access to which our brokers and agents have become accustomed." Ms. Taylor-McCray was most recently Branch Vice President for CNA, working with CNA's commercial, business insurance and specialty operations in Los Angeles. She will be responsible for both open-brokerage and wholesale broker relationships in her zone, partnering with Noel Higgitt, Executive Vice President of Navigators Specialty, who will continue managing wholesale broker relationships nationally. The western and central zone in which Ms. Taylor-McCray will have responsibility includes the U.S. states of Alaska, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, North Dakota, Nebraska, Oregon, South Dakota, Washington and Wyoming. Ms. Cardwell was most recently National Broker Relationship Leader for Fireman's Fund Insurance Company. The southern & southeastern zone in which she will have responsibility includes the U.S. states of Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Utah.