Everest Re Group, Ltd. (NYSE:RE) announces Maria Duffy has joined Everest Insurance as Vice President and Head of E&S Casualty. She will be responsible for managing the strategic expansion and build-out of the Specialty Casualty unit, along with the direct oversight of the underwriting teams across the country supporting this important market segment. Maria will be based in the Everest Insurance New Jersey office. Maria was most recently at Markel Insurance Company as the Senior Director of Underwriting and Production for the Wholesale Region with responsibility for large and difficult to place risks. Her prior positions include casualty management at Crum & Forster, Royal & Sun Alliance Insurance and AIG. In addition to her insurance company experience, Maria started her insurance career as a broker where she rose to the position of Vice President and Team Manager in Risk Management Casualty at Johnson and Higgins. In her new role, Maria will report directly to Connie Germano, Head of Specialty Casualty. Commenting on the addition, Connie Germano said "We are thrilled to have Maria join the Everest team. Maria's broad industry experience and unique underwriting capabilities across primary casualty, worker's compensation, environmental liability and excess casualty will be an asset to our organization, and our trading partners as we continue to expand this important capability within Everest Insurance." Everest Re Group, Ltd. is a Bermuda holding company that operates through the following subsidiaries: Everest Reinsurance Company provides reinsurance to property and casualty insurers in both the U.S. and international markets. Everest Reinsurance (Bermuda), Ltd., including through its branch in the United Kingdom, provides reinsurance and insurance to worldwide property and casualty markets and reinsurance to life insurers. Everest Reinsurance Company (Ireland), Limited provides reinsurance to non-life insurers in Europe. Everest National Insurance Company and Everest Security Insurance Company provide property and casualty insurance to policyholders in the U.S. Everest Indemnity Insurance Company offers excess and surplus lines insurance in the U.S. Everest Insurance Company of Canada provides property and casualty insurance to policyholders in Canada. The Company also operates within the Lloyd's insurance market through Syndicate 2786. In addition, through Mt. Logan Re, Ltd., the Company manages segregated accounts, capitalized by the Company and third party investors that provide reinsurance for property catastrophe risks. Additional information on Everest Re Group companies can be found at the Group's web site at www.everestregroup.com.