Navigators Appoints SVP of Field Operations

NEW YORK, NY, Sept. 8, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Navigators Management Company, Inc. (NMC), the principal U.S. insurance underwriting agency subsidiary of The Navigators Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:NAVG) today announced that James E. Hutchinson has joined NMC as Senior Vice President, Field Operations. Mr. Hutchinson, based in the Company's Manhattan office, will be responsible for NMC's distribution strategy, industry practices and leadership of the Northeast region, reporting to Vincent C. Tizzio, President & CEO of NMC, and LoriAnn V. Lowery-Biggers, SVP and Chief Marketing Officer of The Navigators Group, Inc.

Mr. Hutchinson most recently served as Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer at Hub Northeast where he was responsible for placement and retention of commercial lines business. Previous to that role, he held various property & casualty underwriting and marketing positions with Hub/Walter Kaye and Hobbs Group, and also opened his own agency, Elwood-Boston Insurance Brokers.

"We are delighted to have James join our team," commented Mr. Tizzio. "His track record of accomplishment and his personal leadership qualities are well established. We are confident he will enhance our culture of underwriting excellence and specialization."

The Navigators Group, Inc. is an international specialty insurance holding company with insurance company operations, underwriting management companies and operations at Lloyd's. Navigators has offices in the United States, the United Kingdom and Continental Europe, as well as representative offices in China and Brazil.

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CONTACT: Business Inquiries: James E. Hutchinson 212-613-4241 Media Inquiries: Taha Ebrahimi 212-613-4288

Source:The Navigators Group, Inc.