Old Republic International Corporation today announced that Craig Smiddy will join the Old Republic General Insurance Group, Inc. (ORGIG) as chief operating officer. Smiddy also will become a member of ORGIG's Office of the CEO, which is this segment's senior policy-setting group. The change will take effect Aug. 5, 2013.

Smiddy joins Old Republic's executive ranks from his most recent position as president of the Specialty Markets Division of Munich Reinsurance America, Inc. (Munich Re). He has more than 25 years in the industry, according to Old Republic including 15. Smiddy has also worked with a personal lines carrier and a major commercial general insurance broker.

In making this announcement, Al Zucaro, Old Republic's chairman and CEO, noted, "Craig's wide-ranging experience in general insurance, as well as his leadership skills, are a great addition to our multi-faceted business. We look forward to his contribution to Old Republic as we enhance our commitment to general and title insurance, which are the major pillars of our long-term growth strategy."


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