Branchville, N.J. - Selective Insurance Group Inc. has appointed Richard F. Connell senior executive vice president and chief information officer of Selective Insurance Group, Inc.,and Selective Insurance Company of America.In this position, Connell is responsible for Selective's technology strategy, automation system development and e-business technology, data processing operations, and voice and data communications.

Connell joined Selective in August 2000 as executive vice president and chief information officer. Previously, he was chief technology officer for Liberty Mutual Insurance Group.

Mr. Connell graduated with a B.S. degree in business administration from Central Connecticut State University. He has been active in industry groups, including the National Electronic Information Corporation (NEIC), Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI), Society for Information Management (SIM), and LOMA.

Selective Insurance Group Inc. is a holding company for six property and casualty insurance companies. The insurance companies offer primary and alternative market insurance, through independent agents, 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.

Source: Selective Insurance Group

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