Safeco Insurance announces agent leaders for the 2013 National Advisory Council

SEATTLE, Wash. (Nov. 6, 2012) – Safeco Insurance has announced Jeff Ogard and Bill St. Charles as president and vice president for the company’s National Advisory Council effective Jan. 1, 2013.

“The National Advisory Council plays an important role in strengthening communication, enhancing the customer experience and improving business results for both agents and Safeco,” said Matt Nickerson, president, Safeco Insurance. “As leaders of this agent council, Jeff Ogard and Bill St. Charles will further the dialogue and careful listening between Safeco Insurance and our independent agency partners who help provide customers with the right insurance protection for their needs.”

Ogard is vice president of personal lines at EHL Insurance in Poulsbo, Wash., an agency with locations in Poulsbo, Sequim and Port Angeles. St. Charles is president of Klebba Agency in Wixom, Mich.

“I am honored to be selected by my peers to serve as president of the National Advisory Council,” said Ogard, who was the council’s vice president in 2012. “The advisory council system, which collects feedback from independent agents across the country regardless of the size of their business, is a testament to Safeco’s commitment to do what’s right.”

Safeco has been using advisory councils for more than 10 years to collaborate with agents on solutions that will improve the agent and customer experience. Approximately 140 agents sit on eight regional councils, all managed by agents. The national council includes the president and vice president from each of the company’s regional councils across the country. Officers are elected by their peers.

About Safeco Insurance

In business since 1923 and based in Boston, Mass., Safeco Insurance sells personal automobile, homeowners and specialty products through a network of more than 10,000 independent insurance agencies throughout the United States. Safeco is a Liberty Mutual Insurance company.

Boston-based Liberty Mutual Insurance is a diversified insurer and the fifth largest property and casualty insurer in the U.S. based on 2015 direct written premium data as reported by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners. Liberty Mutual Insurance is ranked 73rd on the Fortune 100 list of largest U.S. corporations, based on 2015 revenue.

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