SOURCE: Farmers Insurance

February 29, 2012 12:52 ET

Farmers Insurance Names Mark J. Testa Head of Business Insurance Independent Agency Sales and Distribution

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - Feb 29, 2012) - Mark J. Testa, a 25 year insurance veteran, has been named Head of Business Insurance Independent Agency Sales and Distribution for Farmers Insurance effective February 20.

"Mark has a strong record of success working with agencies in the independent distribution channel and we are confident he will continue to deliver strong results for us," said Bob Sadler, head of independent agency operations for Farmers Insurance. "We will count on him to continue the profitable growth of our business insurance across the country."

Prior to this most recent appointment, Testa served as vice president, national field operations, Zurich Small Business, leading agency segmentation and distribution initiatives. He has also served as vice president of Farmers Business Insurance where he was responsible for building and leading the Program Management Office (PMO).

"I look forward to this terrific opportunity," said Testa. "Our broad product offering and responsive business model has been well received in the independent agency distribution channel and in the marketplace. I am confident we can achieve strong, profitable growth moving forward."

Before joining Farmers, Testa worked for Cypress Insurance Group in Jacksonville, FL where he was senior vice president. Earlier in his career, he worked for Hanover Insurance Company in Atlanta as a regional vice president and as a field marketing vice president. He has a B.S. in Management from Keene State College, NH.

Farmers Insurance Group of Companies, the country's 3rd largest insurer of both personal lines passenger automobile and homeowners insurance, is a leading insurer of small businesses in the United States 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.

Farmers is a trade name and may refer to Farmers Group, Inc. or the Farmers Exchanges, as the case may be. Farmers Group, Inc., a management and holding company, along with its subsidiaries, is wholly owned by the Zurich Financial Services Group. The Farmers Exchanges are three reciprocal insurers (Farmers Insurance Exchange, Fire Insurance Exchange and Truck Insurance Exchange), including their subsidiaries and affiliates, owned by their policyholders, and managed by Farmers Group, Inc. and its subsidiaries. For more information about Farmers, visit its Web site at or at

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