SOURCE: Universal Insurance Holdings, Inc.

Universal Insurance Holdings, Inc.

October 04, 2010 17:27 ET

Universal Insurance Holdings, Inc. Elects George De Heer as Chief Financial Officer; James Lynch Named Director of Financial Analysis

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL--(Marketwire - October 4, 2010) -  Universal Insurance Holdings, Inc. (the Company or Universal) (NYSE Amex: UVE) announced that James M. Lynch resigned as executive vice president and chief financial officer of the Company and its wholly-owned insurance subsidiaries, Universal Property & Casualty Insurance Company (UPCIC) and American Platinum Property & Casualty Insurance Company (APPCIC), following a recent illness. He will remain with the Company as its director of financial analysis. Following Mr. Lynch's resignation, George R. De Heer was elected as the Company's chief financial officer and principal accounting officer effective October 1, 2010. Mr. De Heer will also serve as the chief financial officer of UPCIC and APPCIC. Mr. De Heer has served as the Company's vice president -- finance since October 2006. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. De Heer was vice president of finance and controller for a national property and casualty insurer. Mr. De Heer was licensed as a certified public accountant in Illinois in 1984 and entered the insurance industry in 1991.

"George has been a valuable member of our finance and accounting team for four years and is well-positioned to assume his expanded duties as CFO," said Brad Meier, Universal's chief executive officer. "At the same time, we are grateful for Jim's many years of service as we have grown Universal's business and are especially pleased that he will continue with us in his new capacity."

About Universal Insurance Holdings, Inc.
Universal Insurance Holdings, Inc. is a vertically integrated insurance holding company, which through its subsidiaries, covers substantially all aspects of insurance underwriting, distribution, claims processing and exposure management. Universal Property & Casualty Insurance Company (UPCIC), a wholly owned subsidiary of the Company, is one of the five leading writers of homeowners' insurance in Florida and is now fully licensed and has commenced its operations in Hawaii, North Carolina and South Carolina. For additional information on the Company, please visit our investor relations website at www.universalinsuranceholdings.com.

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