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SECURA Insurance announces President/CEO retirement, names successors


Appleton, Wisconsin (August 20, 2013) —

SECURA Insurance announced today that President & CEO John Bykowski will retire from the company effective July 1, 2014. This comes after Bykowski led SECURA for 16 years of long-term profitable growth by building a people-focused culture and first-rate agent relationships. Bykowski will continue as Chairman of the Board after his retirement.

Senior Vice President – Underwriting Operations Dave Gross will be appointed President and Chief Operating Officer on Sept. 1, 2013. In this capacity, he adds responsibility for claims operations, with Senior Vice President Scott Huiras reporting to him. This promotion positions Gross to become President and Chief Executive Officer effective the day after Bykowski retires.

Gross joined SECURA in 1997 as Vice President – Sales. In 2001, he was promoted to his current position with responsibility for both underwriting and sales. Gross successfully helped guide the company's new product development, state expansion, and its agency force, ultimately helping profitably grow the organization to the $450+ million company it will be by year end.

Senior Vice President and CFO Kathryn Sieman will be appointed Executive Vice President on Sept. 1, 2013, making her the company's second-highest ranking executive. She also will remain CFO and continue to lead the company's Finance and Information Technology areas. Sieman joined SECURA in 1992. In 2005, she was promoted to Senior Vice President, named CFO in 2007 and, in 2012, the company's Information Technology division became part of her team.

"Dave's past success, his dedication to our associates and agency partners, and his passion for our industry prepare him well to become SECURA's next leader. Kathryn's financial acumen, strategic ability, and drive for internal efficiency make her a strong complement to Dave," said Bykowski. "I am confident the company remains in well-qualified hands with talented leaders able to take SECURA successfully into the future."

SECURA Insurance is rated A (Excellent) from A.M. Best for its excellent ability to meet policyholder obligations. Founded in 1900, the company is headquartered in Appleton, Wis. More than 430 independent insurance agencies in 12 states represent the company, which provides a broad range of competitive commercial, personal, farm, nonprofit, and special events products. SECURA is known for providing exceptional service to its agents and policyholders. Visit www.secura.net for more.

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