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The Hartford has appointed Gretchen Thompson head of The Hartford's Western Division. In this role, Thompson will lead The Hartford's Middle Market sales and underwriting operations for the company's independent agents, brokers and their customers in the western part of the United States, including Los Angeles, San Francisco, Phoenix, Denver and Seattle. Thompson will report to Tracey Ant, head of Middle Market field sales and execution. "Strong, mutually beneficial relationships with our distribution partners are vital to helping us execute our strategy to profitably grow our business and provide tailored insurance solutions for midsize business clients," said Ant. "Gretchen's demonstrated ability to deepen distribution relationships and achieve results with agent and broker partners will enhance our position in an evolving and competitive marketplace." Thompson, who was named to the Business Insurance Women to Watch list in 2016, has been with The Hartford since 2005 in roles of increasing responsibility, most recently as regional vice president based in California. Prior to joining The Hartford, Thompson held various finance positions at General Electric. Thompson will be based in Southern California. She earned a bachelor's degree from Boston College. The Hartford's Middle Market segment provides comprehensive, multiline commercial insurance coverage for midsize and larger businesses, associations and organizations. Its core offerings include property, general liability, workers' compensation, multinational, auto, umbrella liability and marine protection, as well as specialty coverages for target industry segments, including technology, life sciences, construction, energy, manufacturing and private education. About The Hartford The Hartford is a leader in property and casualty insurance, group benefits and mutual funds. With more than 200 years of expertise, The Hartford is widely recognized for its service excellence, sustainability practices, trust and integrity. More information on the company and its financial performance is available at https://www.thehartford.com. Follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/TheHartford_PR. The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc., (NYSE: HIG) operates through its subsidiaries under the brand name, The Hartford, and is headquartered in Hartford, Conn. For additional details, please read The Hartford's legal notice. HIG-M