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Jessica Hanson











October 25, 2011



PCI Elects New Officers to the Board of Governors at Annual Meeting


New Orleans, La. – The Property Casualty Insurers Association of America (PCI) today elected new officers to its Board of Governors during the 2011 Annual Meeting, “Decision Making in an Era of Uncertainty.” Donald G. Southwell, chairman, president and chief executive officer of the Kemper Corporation, was elected as the association’s new chair; Jonathan E. Michael, chairman of the board and chief executive officer of RLI was elected as first vice chair; and Robert P. Restrepo Jr., chairman, president, and chief executive officer of State Auto Insurance Companies, was elected as the second vice chair.


"These leaders take office as PCI wraps up another successful year of advocating for a competitive private insurance market at the state, federal, and international levels," said David A. Sampson, PCI's president and CEO.  "As we have discussed this week at our Annual Meeting, property casualty insurers are operating amid a climate of profound uncertainty. Decisions are more complex, and the risks are even greater.  Don Southwell and the rest of PCI’s newly elected officers bring a great understanding of how this uncertainty impacts the business environment and drives the agenda in Washington, D.C. and state capitals around the country.  With their leadership, PCI will continue to frame the debate and shape the outcome of emerging economic, political, and regulatory risks that affect all insurers." 


Donald Southwell – PCI Chairman Elect

Chairman, President and CEO

Kemper Corporation


PCI’s newly elected chair, Donald Southwell, is the chairman, president and CEO of Kemper Corporation. He has served as CEO of Kemper and its predecessor, Unitrin, Inc., for five years and chairman for two years.  He joined Unitrin in 1996 and has held a variety of operating positions including president and chief operating officer of Unitrin, Inc., president of the Life and Health Insurance Group, and president, Insurance Operations. Southwell also spent 22 years with Prudential Insurance Company of America and held a number of senior executive positions including president of Pruco Life Insurance Company, president of Prudential Insurance & Financial Services, and chair, Prudential Property & Casualty Company. Southwell is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries, a Chartered Life Underwriter and a Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriter.


Jonathan Michael – PCI First Vice Chair

Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer



PCI’s first vice chair Jonathan Michael joined RLI in 1982 and has held various positions prior to be named chairman of the board and chief executive officer, including president & chief operating officer, executive vice president, and chief financial officer.




He previously was associated with Coopers & Lybrand and is a CPA. In addition to being a member of the RLI Corp. Board of Directors, Michael is on the board of sunglass manufacturer, Maui Jim, Inc., as well as investment management software maker SS&C Technologies. He is also a member of the Marshall County State Bank board. Michael has been involved in various community activities for many years. He is Past-President of OSF Saint Francis Medical Center’s Community Advisory Board, a member of the Board of Directors of Easter Seals- Peoria/Bloomington, Illinois Neurological Institute Advisory Board, the Creve Coeur Club and Peoria’s CEO Roundtable.


Robert P. Restrepo Jr. – PCI Second Vice Chair

President, Chairman and CEO

State Auto Insurance Companies


Robert Restrepo, PCI’s newly elected second vice chair currently serves as president, chairman and CEO of State Auto Insurance Companies. Restrepo has a broad background in the national and regional property casualty insurance industry, carrying with him a strong commitment to the independent agency system. His varied experience includes senior executive roles at Aetna, Travelers, Hanover, and Main Street America Group in Jacksonville, Fla. A graduate of Yale University, Bob also currently serves on the boards of Insurance Information Institute, The Columbus Partnership, the Columbus (Ohio) Chamber of Commerce, the Columbus College of Art and Design (CCAD), the Columbus Downtown Development Corporation, Nuclear Electric Insurance Limited (NEIL) and the United Way of Central Ohio.


PCI is composed of more than 1,000 member companies, representing the broadest cross-section of insurers of any national trade association. PCI members write over $180 billion in annual premium, 38.3 percent of the nation’s property casualty insurance. Member companies write 44.3 percent of the U.S. automobile insurance market, 31.6 percent of the homeowners market, 36.3 percent of the commercial property and liability market, and 42.6 percent of the private workers compensation market.