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Wawanesa Names Chris Henn as President of U.S. Operations

Thirty-Year Veteran of the Insurance Industry Brings High-Level Expertise in Insurance Operations and Product Development

WINNIPEG (MB) and SAN DIEGO (CA) August 24th, 2017 – The Wawanesa Mutual Insurance Company (Wawanesa), one of the largest property and casualty insurers in Canada with a growing presence in the United States, today announced the appointment of Chris Henn as President of its U.S. Operations, effective August 31st.

“Chris is extremely well-versed in every aspect of the insurance business and well-known by stakeholders in the U.S. market thanks to his impressive track record in the insurance sector over the past three decades,” said Jeff Goy, President and CEO of the Wawanesa Mutual Insurance Company. “We are thrilled to have Chris lead our U.S. business and join our executive leadership team. We know that his deep understanding of the insurance industry and U.S. market will benefit our entire organization.” 

Prior to this appointment, Henn held senior-level positions with Esurance, Nationwide and Progressive, and played a key role in the significant growth of these companies. During his 15 years at Esurance, the company grew from a start-up to having over one million policies in force and more than $1.5 billion in written premium.

“Wawanesa is a company that operates with a very high level of integrity and truly cares about its customers and stakeholders,” said Henn. “I am honoured to be joining an organization informed by a rich heritage and strong values, and have the opportunity to uphold that culture while driving and executing the company’s growth strategy in the U.S. market.”

Most recently, Henn served as Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer at Bridgepoint Education, a publicly held, for-profit education services company based in San Diego. Henn holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics, and currently serves on the Board of the San Diego Food Bank.

About The Wawanesa Mutual Insurance Company

Wawanesa Mutual Insurance is one of the largest property and casualty insurers in Canada with $3 billion in annual revenues and assets of more than $9 billion. Wawanesa Mutual, founded in 1896 with executive offices in Winnipeg, is the parent company of Wawanesa General, which offers property and casualty insurance in California and Oregon, and Wawanesa Life, which distributes life insurance products and services throughout Canada. With over 3,000 employees, Wawanesa proudly serves over two million policyholders through nine regional offices and 41 service offices in Canada and the United States.  Wawanesa actively gives back to organizations that strengthen communities where it operates, donating well above internationally recognized benchmarks for excellence in corporate philanthropy. 

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