SOURCE: Wells Fargo Insurance Services

January 30, 2008 11:59 ET

Wells Fargo Names Dan Gowen Professional Development Officer for Employee Benefits

CHICAGO, IL--(Marketwire - January 30, 2008) - Wells Fargo Insurance Services has named Dan Gowen Professional Development Officer for Employee Benefits. He will be based at the company's corporate headquarters in Chicago, Ill.

In his new role, Gowen will be responsible for the development of new employee benefits products and services, as well as managing vendor relationships. Gowen will also provide education and training support to Wells Fargo Insurance Services field offices. Additionally, Gowen will develop strategic initiatives to establish and maintain "Best Practices" by ensuring all offices are providing the same products and quality of service to customers.

"We are happy to have Dan join the Wells Fargo Insurance Services team," said Dennis Donahue, Managing Director and National Practice Leader, Benefits for Wells Fargo Insurance Services. "Dan has a very strong underwriting background and will be a great asset to our Employee Benefits Group."

Prior to joining Wells Fargo Insurance Services, Gowen was a Principal for Mercer and was responsible for developing and setting health and welfare strategies, managing a substantial book of business, and expanding revenue. Prior to Mercer's integration of Marsh's Benefits units, Gowen was Marsh Chicago's Middle Market Benefits Practice Leader where he managed the Chicago benefits practice and oversaw 24 benefit consultants. His responsibilities included mentoring and coaching of staff, performance management, recruiting additional talent, new business production, and overseeing existing customer relationships.

Gowen earned a bachelor of science degree in mathematics and statistics from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio.

About Wells Fargo

Wells Fargo Insurance Services, formerly Acordia, Inc., is the fifth-largest insurance brokerage and the largest bank-owned insurance brokerage in the United States, with more than 150 offices in 38 states. Its 4,500 insurance professionals place more than $11.5 billion of risk premiums with expertise in property, casualty, benefits, international, personal lines and life products. Wells Fargo acquired Acordia in May of 2001.

Wells Fargo & Company is a diversified financial services company with $575 billion in assets, providing banking, insurance, investments, mortgage and consumer finance through almost 6,000 stores and the internet ( across North America and internationally. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. is the only bank in the U.S., and one of only two banks worldwide, to have the highest credit rating from both Moody's Investors Service, "Aaa," and Standard & Poor's Ratings Services, "AAA."

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