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The Hanover Names Gerald Merritt to Lead Professional Liability Business

August 9, 2010

WORCESTER, Mass., Aug. 9 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The Hanover Insurance Group, Inc. (NYSE: THG), a leading provider of property and casualty insurance, today announced that Gerald T. Merritt has joined the company as president of its professional liability business.

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In this new role, Merritt will lead efforts to grow The Hanover's professional liability business, which provides a broad range of coverages, including architects and engineers, lawyers and miscellaneous professional liability. He will work closely with the professional liability team to expand the capabilities of the business unit to create greater opportunities for the company's agent partners to grow their respective businesses.

The Hanover's professional liability business is part of the company's Hanover Professional Portfolio, a powerful suite of professional and management liability solutions to protect private companies, non-profits and public companies against a growing number of financial exposures.

"We are very pleased to have Gerry join our team, bringing a wealth of experience, insight and knowledge to our company," said Andrew Robinson, president, specialty casualty. "Our specialty liability product capabilities represent a distinctive competitive advantage and reflect our commitment to our agent partners. By investing in such innovative products and delivering our products and services to our partner agents on a selective basis, we are creating true franchise value, helping our agents to compete and win in any market."  

Merritt joins The Hanover from CNA Global Specialty Lines, where he served in various senior management roles, including most recently, vice president of the accountants and lawyers professional liability businesses. Previously, he served as assistant vice president for CNA Global Specialty Lines' lawyers professional liability product with overall responsibility for underwriting, product development, risk management, marketing and agency management.

Before joining CNA, Merritt was a claims counsel at the Continental Insurance Company. He began his legal career as an insurance defense attorney in New York City.

About The Hanover

The Hanover Insurance Group, Inc. (NYSE: THG), based in Worcester, Mass., is the holding company for a group of insurers that includes The Hanover Insurance Company, also based in Worcester; Citizens Insurance Company of America, headquartered in Howell, Mich., and their affiliates. The Hanover offers a wide range of property and casualty products and services to individuals, families and businesses through an extensive network of independent agents, and has been meeting its obligations to its agent partners and their customers for more than 150 years. Taken as a group, The Hanover ranks among the top 30 property and casualty insurers in the United States.


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SOURCE The Hanover Insurance Group, Inc.

Contact: Investor Relations, Oksana Lukasheva, +1-508-855-2063, olukasheva@hanover.com, or Media Relations, Amy Lynn Banek, +1-508-855-4486, abanek@hanover.com, both of The Hanover Insurance Group, Inc.