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Allmerica Appoints Mark Brissman Vice President and Chief Actuary of its Property and Casualty Companies


WORCESTER, Mass., May 3 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Allmerica Financial Corporation (NYSE: AFC) today announced that Mark D. Brissman, CPCU, FCAS, MAAA, has been appointed Vice President and Chief Actuary of its lead companies, Citizens Insurance Company of America and The Hanover Insurance Company. In this capacity, he will play an important role in the development of product and pricing strategies and will be responsible for all reserving and reinsurance activities. Brissman also will serve as a member of the company's Operating Committee.

"Mark's depth of experience in actuarial and strategic roles brings a valuable perspective to our actuarial functions in particular and to our organization as a whole," said Frederick H. Eppinger, Allmerica's president and chief executive officer. "I know that Mark will make an important contribution to our companies' progress and I look forward to working with him."

Brissman comes to Allmerica from CNA where he served in a number of senior level roles -- most recently as Vice President and Actuary in the company's Commercial Lines division. He also served as Senior Actuarial and Underwriting Officer in CNA's Personal Lines division.

Prior to joining CNA, Brissman was President of Landmark Insurance Company, an excess and surplus lines insurance subsidiary of AIG. From 1994 through

1998, he served as Vice President and Chief Actuary of the Gainsco Companies in Texas and, before that, held various positions at State Farm, where he worked for 16 years at both the corporate level and the field and operations areas.

A graduate of Purdue University in mathematics and biology, Brissman also received his master's degree in industrial administration from Krannert Graduate School of Management at Purdue. He is a Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriter (CPCU), Fellow of the Casualty Actuarial Society (FCAS), and a Member of the American Academy of Actuaries (MAAA).

Worcester, Massachusetts-based Allmerica Financial is group of insurance companies headed by Allmerica Financial Corporation, a Fortune 500 company. Allmerica's lead companies include Howell, Michigan-based Citizens Insurance Company of America, founded in 1915, and Worcester-based The Hanover Insurance Company, founded in 1852. Citizens and Hanover offer a range of property and casualty insurance coverages to individuals, families and business through a wide network of independent agents. The Citizens and Hanover Insurance Companies are ranked among the top 30 property and casualty insurers in the country.

Note to editors: For a photograph of Mark Brissman, please contact Todd Peckham using the e-mail address or telephone number below.

     Sujata Mutalik
     (508) 855-3457

     Todd M. Peckham
     (508) 855-4460

SOURCE  Allmerica Financial Corporation
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    /CONTACT: Investors: Sujata Mutalik, +1-508-855-3457,
smutalik@allmerica.com, or Media: Todd M. Peckham, +1-508-855-4460,
tpeckham@allmerica.com, both of Allmerica Financial Corporation/

CO:  Allmerica Financial Corporation; Citizens Insurance Company of America;
     The Hanover Insurance Company
ST:  Massachusetts

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