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October 28, 2014

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


SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – The Property Casualty Insurers Association of America (PCI) elected new officers to its Board of Governors today during the association’s Annual Meeting. Terrence W. Cavanaugh, President and CEO of Erie Insurance Group, was elected as PCI’s chair; Jim Wallace, Chairman, President and CEO of GuideOne Insurance, was elected first vice chair; and John Barbagallo, President, Commercial Lines Group of Progressive Insurance Group, was elected second vice chair.

“PCI relies on the expertise and insights our Board of Governors have developed from years of experience in the industry. We welcome Terry to the helm, along with Jim and John, to guide PCI as we work to secure reauthorization of the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act before it expires at the end of 2014, push back on bank-centric global regulatory convergence, and support innovations in technology,” said David Sampson, PCI’s president and CEO. “These disruptive forces have profound implications for the property and casualty industry. While disruptive transformation certainly presents challenges it also creates opportunities for those who anticipate what’s coming, think strategically and position their organizations to be agile and re-invent and we look forward to engaging with our newly elected board leadership on these important issues.”

PCI’s New Board Officers:

Terrence W. Cavanaugh

President and CEO

Erie Insurance Group

Terrence W. Cavanaugh serves as president and CEO of Erie Insurance Group. He joined Erie in 2008 after a distinguished 33-year career with the Chubb Group of Insurance Companies. He began his insurance career as an underwriter in 1975 after graduating from the University of Notre Dame. Cavanaugh currently serves on the Board of Governors of PCI. In addition, to PCI, he is on the board of the American Institute for CPCU and Insurance Institute of America.


Jim Wallace – PCI First Chair

Chairman, President, and CEO

GuideOne Insurance

Jim Wallace is chairman, president, and CEO of GuideOne Insurance. Wallace joined the company in 2001. Previously, he was the president and CEO of National Travelers Life Company and, prior to that, partner in charge of insurance services for the eastern half of the U.S. for Ernst & Young. Wallace is past chair of the Greater Des Moines Partnership. He currently serves on numerous industry and community boards, including the Des Moines Art Center, the YMCA of Greater Des Moines, Property and Casualty Insurers Association of America, the Independent Statistical Service Board, the Greater Des Moines Committee, and the Drake University Board of Trustees. Wallace is a graduate of Drake University.

John Barbagallo – PCI Second Chair

Commercial Lines Group President

Progressive Insurance Group

John Barbagallo is commercial lines group president at Progressive Insurance Group. Barbagallo joined Progressive in 1983 as a claims adjuster. His career at Progressive spans 28 years and includes management positions in claims, sales, operations, and marketing. He received his bachelor’s degree from Union College and his master’s degree from Purdue University.

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 $195 billion in annual premium, 39 percent of the nation’s property casualty insurance. Member companies write 46 percent of the U.S. automobile insurance market, 32 percent of the homeowners market, 37 percent of the commercial property and liability market, and 41 percent of the private workers compensation market.