SOURCE: Farmers Insurance

February 27, 2012 16:46 ET

Farmers Insurance Announces Appointment of Roy Smith to Head of Distribution/Sales-Life for Farmers New World Life Company

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - Feb 27, 2012) - Farmers Insurance Group of Companies® announced the appointment of Roy Smith, current Head of Farmers Pacific Zone, to the new Head of Distribution/Sales-Life for Farmers New World Life Insurance Company headquartered in Mercer Island, Washington.

"Roy brings a wealth of insurance knowledge to his new position," notes Jerry Carnahan, Head of Farmers New World Life. "He has served in many capacities within Farmers and I welcome him to his new position at Farmers New World Life."

Mr. Smith joined Farmers Insurance in July 1985 as a Personal Lines underwriter in the Mission, Kan. Regional Office.

In October 1990, Mr. Smith transferred to the Portland, Ore. Regional Office as regional education Marketing manager, and in 1992, he became Marketing Administration manager. Over the next 16 years, he held a number of executive positions in Colorado and Ohio. In 2009, he was named head of the Southwestern Zone.

A native of Missouri, Mr. Smith holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in administration of justice and criminology from the University of Missouri, Kansas City, Mo.

Mr. Smith and his wife Carrie, have one daughter Caitlin, and will relocate to Mercer Island, Washington.

Farmers Insurance Group of Companies is the country's 3rd largest insurer of both personal lines passenger automobile and homeowners insurance, and also provides a wide range of other insurance and financial services products. Farmers Insurance is proud to serve more than 10 million households with more than 20 million individual policies across all 50 states through the efforts of over 50,000 exclusive and independent agents and nearly 24,000 employees.

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