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Selective Insurance Group Announces Officer Appointments

BRANCHVILLE, N.J., Dec. 4 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Selective Insurance Group, Inc. announced the following appointments by its subsidiary, Selective Insurance Company of America ("Selective"):

Michael H. Lanza (Sparta, NJ), to executive vice president and general counsel. Mr. Lanza joined Selective in 2004 as senior vice president and general counsel. Previously a corporate advisor and consultant, he also served as executive vice president and corporate secretary of QuadraMed Corporation. Prior to QuadraMed, Mr. Lanza was an assistant general counsel at CIGNA Corporation, where his responsibilities included state government affairs, health care compliance and international matters. Mr. Lanza is a graduate of the University of Connecticut and the University of Connecticut School of Law. Mr. Lanza also is a member of the Society of Corporate Secretaries & Governance Professionals and the National Investor Relations Institute.

John J. Marchioni (Andover, NJ), to executive vice president and chief field operations officer. Mr. Marchioni joined Selective in 1998 as a government affairs specialist. In 2000 he was promoted to assistant vice president, government affairs, and in 2003 to vice president, director of government affairs. In 2004 he was appointed vice president, strategic business unit leader. In 2005 he was promoted to senior vice president, director of personal lines and flood. Before coming to Selective, Mr. Marchioni was vice president of government relations for the Commerce & Industry Association of New Jersey. Mr. Marchioni is a graduate of Princeton University and completed the Harvard Advanced Management Program. He also holds the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) designation.

Mary T. Porter (Annapolis, MD), to executive vice president and chief claims officer. Ms. Porter joined Selective in January 2007 as senior vice president and director of corporate claims. Before coming to Selective, Ms. Porter was vice president and claim group general counsel for St. Paul Travelers. She is a graduate of C.W. Post College, Long Island University and the National Law Center, George Washington University, Washington, D.C. Ms. Porter is also a member of the Defense Research Institute (DRI), ARIAS (AIDA Reinsurance and Insurance Arbitration Society) and a former member of the District of Columbia Defense Lawyers Association (President - 1991).

Eduard J. Pulkstenis (Lafayette, NJ), to executive vice president and chief underwriting officer. Mr. Pulkstenis joined Selective's Actuarial Department in 1988 and in 2000 became vice president and manager of the company's Actuarial Pricing unit. He assumed leadership for the Commercial Lines Small Business unit in 2003, and in 2004 was promoted to senior vice president and chief commercial lines underwriting officer. Mr. Pulkstenis was previously a managing actuary at AIG. Mr. Pulkstenis is a graduate of Messiah College. He is a Fellow of the Casualty Actuarial Society, a member of the American Academy of Actuaries and holds the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) designation.

Selective Insurance Group, Inc. is a holding company for seven property and casualty insurance companies rated A+ (Superior) by A.M. Best. Through independent agents, the insurance companies offer primary and alternative market insurance for commercial and personal risks, and flood insurance underwritten by the National Flood Insurance Program. Other subsidiaries of the company provide claims, human resources and risk management services. Selective maintains a website at

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