News Release

ACE Westchester Announces Executive Appointments to Its Casualty and Environmental Businesses
Mar 31, 2010

PHILADELPHIA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--ACE Westchester, the U.S.-based wholesale-focused property & casualty operation of the ACE Group, today announced it has appointed Barbara Deas to the position of President, ACE Westchester Environmental, and Dean Andrighetto to President, ACE Westchester Casualty.

Based in San Francisco, Calif., Mr. Andrighetto’s responsibilities will include oversight and management for the Casualty Division, including underwriting strategy, product development, and producer management. Based in Atlanta., Ga., Ms. Deas will have overall management responsibility for strategic direction and implementation of underwriting strategy, product development and producer management responsibility for all environmental liability products and services. Mr. Andrighetto and Ms. Deas will report to Bruce Kessler, President, ACE Westchester Casualty and Specialty Lines.

“Barbara has been instrumental in creating and expanding ACE Westchester’s full suite of environmental products and services since the founding of the environmental risk division six years ago,” said Mr. Kessler. He added, “Dean’s stellar track record in leading the casualty sector of our excess and surplus lines operation and the breadth of his management experience make his appointment to this new position a natural choice.”

With more than 29 years of insurance industry experience, Mr. Andrighetto most recently served as Senior Vice President, ACE Westchester Casualty and National Construction Segment Leader. Prior to joining ACE in 1998, Mr. Andrighetto held several senior casualty underwriting positions with Industrial Underwriters, Inc., a predecessor company to ACE Westchester, and Wausau Insurance. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and Finance from the University of San Francisco. He is a member of the Executive Committee of The Surplus Lines Association of California.

Ms. Deas brings more than 40 years of diverse insurance industry experience to this role. She most recently served as Senior Vice President, ACE Westchester Environmental, a position she held since August 2004. Prior to her tenure with ACE, she served as Managing Vice President for Gulf Insurance Group, and as Southeast Regional Manager, Kemper Environmental. She has also held various underwriting management positions with United Capital, ECS, and Marinco, Inc. Ms. Deas has authored articles on environmental liability topics, and has served as a speaker at insurance industry conferences.

Mr. Kessler added, “Environmental and casualty risk management are both integral components of ACE Westchester’s overall strategy. As the risks our customers face become increasingly complex, we are fortunate to have leaders with Barbara and Dean’s proven experience and knowledge of the industry driving these efforts as we set the stage for a strong future.”

ACE Westchester is the U.S.-based wholesale-focused operating division of the ACE Group, headed by ACE Limited (NYSE: ACE), and is rated A+ (Superior) by A.M. Best Company and A+ (Strong) by Standard & Poor’s. ACE Westchester, through its underwriting companies, provides insurance products and services throughout the U.S. Additional information on ACE Westchester and its products and services can be found

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