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State Auto Financial Corp (STFC.OQ)

STFC.OQ on NASDAQ Stock Exchange Global Select Market

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

Michael LaRocco

60 2015 Chairman of the Board, President, Chief Executive Officer

Steven English

56 2012 Chief Financial Officer, Senior Vice President

Tara Shull

Finance Director

Greg Tacchetti

48 2015 Senior Vice President, Chief Information and Strategy Officer

Melissa Centers

45 2015 Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Secretary

Jason Berkey

2017 Senior Vice President - Personal lines

Kim Garland

51 2017 Senior Vice President - Commercial Lines

John Petrucci

58 2015 Senior Vice President-Customer Service

Lorraine Siegworth

48 2013 Senior Vice President, Chief Strategy & Organization Effectiveness Officer

Elise Spriggs

2016 Senior Vice President-External Relations

Paul Stachura

59 2015 Senior Vice President, Chief Claims and Loss Control Officer

Matthew Pollak

51 2013 Chief Accounting Officer, Vice President, Treasurer

Scott Jones

52 2012 Chief Investment Officer, Vice President

Matthew Mrozek

47 2015 Vice President and Chief Actuarial Officer

Setareh Pouraghabagher

46 2017 Director

Robert Baker

70 2007 Independent Director

Michael Fiorile

62 2015 Independent Director

Kym Hubbard

59 2016 Independent Director

Eileen Mallesch

61 2010 Independent Director

Thomas Markert

59 2007 Independent Director

David Meuse

71 2006 Lead Independent Director

S. Elaine Roberts

64 2002 Independent Director

Biographies

Name Description

Michael LaRocco

Mr. Michael E. LaRocco Chairman of the Board, President, Chief Executive Officer of the Company. Mr. LaRocco has been a director and President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company since May 2015 and Chairman of the Company since January 2016. Mr. LaRocco has also served as President and Chief Executive Officer of State Auto P&C, Milbank and SAOH, each a wholly owned subsidiary of the Company, since May 2015, and as Chairman of State Auto P&C, Milbank and SAOH since January 2016. Mr. LaRocco has served as President, Chief Executive Officer and a director of State Auto Mutual since May 2015. Prior to joining the State Auto Group, Mr. LaRocco was with Business Insurance Direct, LLC ("BID"), an online seller of general liability and property insurance to small businesses, from December 2011 until April 2015. From January 2013 to July 2014, he was Chief Executive Officer of AssureStart Insurance Agency LLC ("AssureStart"), an online seller of general liability and property insurance to small businesses. BID had owned a minority interest in AssureStart until selling its interest to the majority owner of AssureStart in December 2014. Mr. LaRocco served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Fireman's Fund Insurance Company, a property and casualty insurance company, from March 2008 to July 2011. Previously, he was an executive for Safeco Insurance Companies, which are property and casualty insurance companies, from July 2001 to July 2006. Mr. LaRocco was nominated in 2015 to serve as a director of the Company because of his extensive and valuable experience gained over his career in the property and casualty insurance industry, including underwriting, sales, marketing, general management and many years as a senior executive of property and casualty insurance companies. In addition, he brings valuable experience in strategic planning, leadership development, product development and online marketing.

Steven English

Mr. Steven E. English is Chief Financial Officer, Senior Vice President of State Auto Financial Corporation. Senior Vice President of STFC and State Auto Mutual, 8/13 to present; Vice President of STFC and State Auto Mutual, 5/06 to 7/13; Chief Financial Officer of STFC and State Auto Mutual, 12/06 to present.

Tara Shull

Greg Tacchetti

Mr. Greg A. Tacchetti is Senior Vice President, Chief Information and Strategy Officer of State Auto Financial Corporation. Tacchetti was an owner and founder of AssureStart, a company that sells small business insurance online. He was chief administrative officer of Fireman's Fund Insurance Company and Allianz of America, and held a senior management role with Safeco, where he was senior vice president of property and casualty financial operations. Prior to joining Safeco, Tacchetti was Northeast operations director at GEICO. He's a graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park and holds an MBA in business and finance and strategy from the University of Washington.

Melissa Centers

Ms. Melissa A. Centers is Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Secretary of State Auto Financial Corporation. Melissa earned her juris doctor from Capital University Law School after holding a series of executive leadership and consulting roles in public relations/corporate communications/government affairs, information technology, vendor management, and project management for an array of companies including Nationwide Insurance, Worthington Industries, JP Morgan Chase (formerly Bank One) and Verizon Wireless. Her in-house legal practice focuses on information technology, employment, corporate governance and other transactional matters. In addition to her law degree, Centers holds an undergraduate degree from Wright State University. She is a member of the State Bar of Ohio.

Jason Berkey

Mr. Jason Berkey is Senior Vice President - Personal lines of the company. He most recently served as State Auto's vice president of homeowners product management, a role he held since joining the company in 2015. He previously served as chief pricing actuary for AIG's Global Consumer Business, and as chief actuary and chief risk officer at United Guaranty. He was also a manager of commercial lines pricing at Liberty Mutual. Jason is a graduate of Bridgewater College, a Fellow of the Casualty Actuarial Society (FCAS) and a member of the American Academy of Actuaries (MAAA).

Kim Garland

Mr. Kim Burton Garland is Senior Vice President - Commercial Lines of State Auto Financial Corporation. Mr. Garland was most recently chief product officer of AIG's consumer division. He previously helped lead the restructuring of United Guaranty, AIG's mortgage insurance company, as its COO and later CEO. He also managed the personal auto business at Safeco and started their innovation company, Open Seas Solutions. Garland is a Fellow of the Casualty Actuarial Society (FCAS) and holds an undergraduate degree from Florida State University and a graduate degree from the University of Virginia.

John Petrucci

Mr. John M. Petrucci is Senior Vice President-Customer Service of the Company. He is Senior Vice President, Customer Service, 04/16 to present; Senior Vice President, Service and Administration, 9/15 to present; Vice President and Director of Sales of STFC and State Auto Mutual, 3/00 to 9/15.

Lorraine Siegworth

Ms. Lorraine M. Siegworth is Senior Vice President, Chief Strategy and Organization Effectiveness Officer of the company.She serves as the Senior Vice President of STFC and State Auto Mutual, 8/13 to present; Chief Strategy & Organization Effectiveness Officer of STFC and State Auto Mutual, 11/06 to present; Vice President of STFC and State Auto Mutual, 11/06 to 7/13.

Elise Spriggs

Elise D. Spriggs is Senior Vice President-External Relations of the Company. Senior Vice President, External and Government Affairs of STFC and State Auto Mutual, 3/16 to present; vice president and director of government relations, 7/11 to 6/15. Attorney, Carpenter, Lipps & Leland LLP, 06/15 to 03/16

Paul Stachura

Mr. Paul M. Stachura is Senior Vice President, Chief Claims and Loss Control Officer of State Auto Financial Corporation. Mr. Stachura is an experienced claims executive with over 30 years of domestic and international leadership. He joins State Auto from QBE North America, where he's currently chief claims and loss control officer. He held the same role at Fireman's Fund Insurance and was SVP of international claims and European zone claims at Chubb Corporation. Stachura holds the Senior Claim Law Associate (SCLA) designation and is a graduate of Michigan State University.

Matthew Pollak

Mr. Matthew R. Pollak is Chief Accounting Officer, Vice President, Treasurer of State Auto Financial Corporation effective April 22, 2013. Prior to his appointment, Mr. Pollak served as vice president, corporate finance and accounting, for American Safety Insurance Holdings, Ltd., a property and casualty insurer, since 2010. Prior to that time, Mr. Pollak served as senior vice president and chief financial officer for the excess and surplus lines segment of Argo Group International Holdings, Ltd., an international specialty insurer, from 2005 to 2010. Mr. Pollak has over 25 years of experience in both public accounting and the property and casualty insurance industry. Mr. Pollak earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Virginia Tech and an MBA from the Babcock School of Management at Wake Forest University. He is a Certified Public Accountant.

Scott Jones

Mr. Scott A. Jones is the Chief Investment Officer, Vice President of State Auto Financial Corp. He serves as Vice President and Investment Officer of State Auto Mutual, 3/12 to present; Assistant Vice President of STFC and State Auto Mutual, 8/09 to 3/12; Portfolio Manager of STFC and State Auto Mutual for more than five years prior to 3/12.

Matthew Mrozek

Setareh Pouraghabagher

Ms. Setareh Pouraghabagher is Director of the Company. Ms. Pouraghabagher is currently a member of the faculty and executive partner at California Polytechnic State University's Orfalea College of Business. Since commencing her tenure in 2015, she has received the College of Business Distinguished Faculty of the Year Award, the Outstanding Accounting Faculty Award, the Ernst & Young Outstanding Educator Award, and the Deloitte Outstanding Educator Award. She most recently served as chief administrative officer of QBE Insurance for North America, and prior to that as chief operations officer and chief financial officer with Balboa Insurance under Bank of America and Countrywide ownership. Pouraghabagher has also served as vice president, finance and administration with Xavor Corporation, and chief financial officer of Wellspring Solutions. Pouraghabagher started her career at Deloitte as a public accountant, and has held her Certified Public Accountant license since 1997.

Robert Baker

Mr. Robert Ellison Baker is an Independent Director of State Auto Financial Corporation. Mr. Baker has also been a director of State Auto Mutual since March 2015. Mr. Baker has served as Executive Vice President of DHR International, Inc., an executive search firm, since June 2010. Mr. Baker was President of Puroast Coffee Inc., a maker of specialty coffee products, from 2004 until accepting his current position. He served as Vice President of Corporate Marketing for ConAgra Foods, Inc., one of North America’s largest packaged food companies, from 1999 to 2004. Mr. Baker was a director of CoolBrands International Inc., a publicly traded Canadian corporation focused on the manufacturing and marketing of ice cream and frozen snack products, from February 2006 to November 2007. He was also a director of Natural Golf Corporation, a publicly traded company offering golf instruction and equipment, from 2004 to 2006. Mr. Baker was nominated in 2016 to serve as a director because of his experience as a senior executive of both publicly traded and privately held companies and his former experience as a director of publicly traded companies.

Michael Fiorile

Mr. Michael J. Fiorile is an Independent Director of the Company. Mr. Fiorile has also been a director of State Auto Mutual since 2003. Mr. Fiorile has served as Chairman and CEO of The Dispatch Printing Company, a privately owned, regional broadcast media and real estate company, since July 2016. Prior to taking his current position with The Dispatch Printing Company, Mr. Fiorile served as the company's Vice Chairman and CEO from September 2015 until July 2016; as its President and CEO from January 2013 until September 2015; as its President and COO from January 2008 until January 2013; and as its President from January 2005 until January 2008. He also serves as Chairman and CEO of the company’s subsidiary, Dispatch Broadcast Group, which includes television and radio stations. He has held several executive positions within Dispatch Broadcast Group since 1994. Mr. Fiorile was nominated in 2015 to serve as a director because of his extensive experience as a senior executive of a privately held corporation, in particular his management experience with the operation of regulated entities.

Kym Hubbard

Ms. Kym Marie Hubbard is an Independent Director of the Company. Ms. Hubbard served as Treasurer, Chief Investment Officer, and Global Investment Head of Ernst & Young LLP, a global assurance, tax and advisory services company, from July 2008 until her retirement in April 2016. Prior to joining Ernst & Young LLP, Ms. Hubbard served as the Executive Director of the Illinois Finance Authority, a component unit of the State of Illinois that provides capital access services for non-profit and for-profit entities in Illinois, from 2006 until 2008. Ms. Hubbard has also served as a Trustee for PIMCO Funds, PIMCO Variable Insurance Trust and PIMCO EFT Trust since February 2017. Ms. Hubbard has been nominated for election as a director because of her extensive knowledge and experience in the areas of investments and finance. She also brings gender and racial diversity to the Board.

Eileen Mallesch

Ms. Eileen A. Mallesch, CPA., is an Independent Director of State Auto Financial Corporation. Ms. Mallesch served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Nationwide Property and Casualty Insurance Company from November 2005 until her retirement in December 2009. She served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Genworth Life Insurance Company from April 2003 to November 2005. Prior to that, she was Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of General Electric Financial Employer Services Group from 2000 to 2003. Ms. Mallesch also serves as a director of the following publicly traded companies: Fifth Third Bancorp, Libbey Inc., and Bob Evans Farms, Inc. Ms. Mallesch was last nominated in 2015 to serve as a director because of her extensive knowledge and experience in the areas of auditing, finance, enterprise risk management, taxation and mergers and acquisitions, particularly in the insurance industry. Ms. Mallesch qualifies as the "audit committee financial expert" under the SEC Rules.

Thomas Markert

Mr. Thomas E. Markert is an Independent Director of State Auto Financial Corp. Mr. Markert has served as the CEO of ORC International, one of the world's leading market research companies, since November 2016. He served as Executive Vice President of Research Now Group, Inc., a global online sampling and online data collection company, from August 2014 until November 2015; as the Chief Executive Officer of Digital Tailwind LLC, a digital marketing agency, from April 2012 until May 2014; as an officer of the Business Solutions Division of Office Depot, Inc., a global supplier of office products and services, from May 2008 until April 2012; as Chief Executive Officer of Ipsos Loyalty Worldwide, a division of Ipsos, a leading global provider of survey-based research, from May 2007 to May 2008 and as Global Chief Marketing and Client Service Officer of ACNielsen, a leading global provider of marketing research and information services, from January 2004 until May 2007. Mr. Markert has also served on the board of directors of True Value Company, a retailer-owned wholesaler of hardware and related products, since April 2013. Mr. Markert was nominated in 2016 to serve as a director because of his experience as a senior executive of both publicly traded and privately held companies.

David Meuse

Mr. David R. Meuse is an Lead Independent Director of the Company. Mr. Meuse has served as Principal of Stonehenge Partners Corp., a privately held provider of financial and advisory resources, since September 1999. Prior to that time, Mr. Meuse held executive positions at various investment banking firms, including Banc One Capital Holdings Corporation and Meuse, Rinker, Chapman, Endres & Brooks. Mr. Meuse was a director of Diamond Hill Investment Group, Inc., a publicly traded company providing investment advisory and fund administration services, from August 2000 to April 2011. Mr. Meuse also serves on the board of directors of several privately held companies and non-profit organizations. Mr. Meuse has been nominated for election as a director because of his experience as a senior executive, his former experience as a director of publicly traded companies, and his knowledge with acquisitions and divestitures. In addition, Mr. Meuse brings significant expertise in investments, investment management, and financial market matters to the Board.

S. Elaine Roberts

Ms. S. Elaine Roberts is an Independent Director of State Auto Financial Corporation. Ms. Roberts has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Columbus Regional Airport Authority, a public port authority which oversees the operations of John Glenn Columbus International, Rickenbacker International and Bolton Field airports, in Ohio since January 2003. Ms. Roberts has been nominated for election as a director because of her experience as a senior executive, in particular her senior management experience with the operation of a regulated entity. Ms. Roberts also has a legal background as an attorney, and she brings gender diversity to the Board.