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The Hanover Insurance Group Elects Harriett Tee Taggart to Board of Directors
Date:2/24/2009

WORCESTER, Mass., Feb. 24 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The Hanover Insurance Group, Inc. (NYSE: THG), announced that Harriett Tee Taggart was elected to the company's board of directors at its February board meeting, held earlier today. Taggart is principal of Taggart Associates in Cambridge, Mass., which provides strategic research and administrative support for her work on corporate and non-profit boards.

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"One of the most important things that we do as a board is attract exceptional individuals to serve with us, so that we provide the best possible oversight of our company," said Michael P. Angelini, chairman of the board of directors of The Hanover. "We are very pleased to add Tee to our board. We look forward to working with her and to benefiting from her tremendous experience, sound and reasoned judgment, her insight and intellect."

Taggart is an internationally recognized and respected investment professional, who currently serves as a director on the boards of two other New York Stock Exchange-listed corporations, Albemarle Corporation and The Lubrizol Corporation, both of which are global developers, manufacturers and marketers of engineered specialty chemicals.

Taggart formed Taggart Associates in 2007, after more than 20 years at Wellington Management, Boston, Mass. At Wellington, she served as partner, senior vice president and global investment manager from 1992-2006, and was responsible for global investments in publicly-traded stocks of companies in specialty and basic chemicals, environmental services, and innovative materials industries. Prior to joining Wellington in 1983, Taggart held a number of management positions in the public sector, working in legislative, regulatory, state and regional levels of government.

She currently serves on a number of non-profit and professional organizations, including Reed College, where she is a trustee and member of the Executive and Endowment Management committees. She also serves on the Board of Overseers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, a Harvard-affiliated hospital, where she serves on the Research Strategy Committee; and on the Board of Directors and Finance Committee of Planned Parenthood in Massachusetts.

Taggart holds a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a master's degree from the Kennedy School at Harvard University, and graduated magna cum laude from Smith College.

About The Hanover

The Hanover Insurance Group, Inc. (NYSE: THG), based in Worcester, Mass., is the holding company for a group of insurers that includes The Hanover Insurance Company, also based in Worcester; Citizens Insurance Company of America, headquartered in Howell, Mich., and their affiliates. The Hanover offers a wide range of property and casualty products and services to individuals, families and businesses through an extensive network of independent agents, and has been meeting its obligations to its agent partners and their customers for more than 150 years. Taken as a group, The Hanover ranks among the top 40 property and casualty insurers in the United States. For more information, please visit www.hanover.com.

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