Seattle, Wash. (July 25, 2012) — Liberty Mutual Insurance today announced that effective July 24th, Mike Hughes, President of Safeco Insurance, is President, Business Insurance of Liberty Mutual’s new Commercial Insurance business unit. Matthew (Matt) Nickerson, formerly Safeco’s chief operating officer, is President, Safeco Insurance.
Mr. Hughes, who was named Safeco’s president after the company was acquired by Liberty Mutual four years ago, will relocate to Liberty Mutual’s headquarters in Boston, Mass.
Mr. Nickerson has been Safeco’s chief operating officer serving on Mr. Hughes’ executive team for the past four years.
“Under Mike’s leadership, the Safeco brand has become an integral component of our national strategy to sell personal insurance through the independent agent network,” said David H. Long, President and Chief Executive Officer, Liberty Mutual Insurance. “We’re pleased that as President of Business Insurance, Mike’s talents will help us to expand our relationships with independent agents and brokers serving the commercial insurance buyer. We’re also pleased that Matt is well-prepared to continue the momentum for the Safeco brand.”
Speaking about his new responsibilities, Mr. Hughes said, “I am proud of what Safeco has accomplished over the past four years with our agent partners. These relationships are very important to us and will continue to grow under Matt’s leadership. I am also proud of the outstanding commitment and contributions of Safeco’s employees, who have worked so hard to build up our relationships with independent agents across the country. I am excited about my new responsibilities and will always look back fondly on my time in Seattle.”
Mr. Nickerson said, “Safeco is a much stronger company today thanks to Mike’s leadership.
Safeco remains 100 percent committed to our independent agency partners and our vision to become the leading writer of personal lines for independent agents is unchanged. Seattle continues to be Safeco’s home and I look forward to continuing our company’s legacy of community involvement and philanthropy.”
This executive announcement is part of a realignment of Liberty Mutual’s four strategic business units. Safeco Insurance is part of the Personal Insurance business unit, which includes all domestic personal lines business. Safeco and Liberty Mutual brands and products will be maintained, and distribution channels will continue to be managed separately.
Liberty Mutual’s other three strategic business units are Commercial Insurance, Global Specialty and Liberty International.
Seattle-based Safeco is a strategic component of Liberty Mutual Insurance. Safeco has been in business since 1923 and sells insurance to drivers and homeowners through a network of independent agents in eight regions throughout the United States. For more information about Safeco Insurance, go to www.Safeco.com.
About Liberty Mutual Insurance
"Helping people live safer, more secure lives" since 1912, Boston-based Liberty Mutual Insurance is a diversified global insurer and the third largest property and casualty insurer in the U.S. based on 2011 direct premiums written as reported by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners.
Liberty Mutual Insurance also ranks 84th on the Fortune 100 list of largest corporations in the U.S. based on 2011 revenue. As of December 31, 2011, Liberty Mutual Insurance had $117.1 billion in consolidated assets, $99.3 billion in consolidated liabilities, and $34.7 billion in annual consolidated revenue.
Liberty Mutual Insurance offers a wide range of insurance products and services, including personal automobile, homeowners, workers compensation, property, commercial automobile, general liability, global specialty, group disability, reinsurance and surety. Liberty Mutual Insurance (www.libertymutualinsurance.com ) employs over 45,000 people in more than 900 offices throughout the world.
In business since 1923 and based in Seattle, Wash., 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 global insurer and the third largest property and casualty insurer in the U.S. based on 2012 direct premiums written as reported by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners. Liberty Mutual Insurance also ranks 81st on the Fortune 100 list of largest U.S. corporations, based on 2012 revenue.
For more information about Safeco Insurance, go to www.Safeco.com.