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NEW YORK, August 5, 2011 – XL Insurance, the global insurance underwriting operations of XL Group plc (NYSE: XL), today announced the appointment of Wade Pitman as Senior Vice President and Western Senior Executive for Property. Reporting to Joseph Tocco, head of XL Insurance’s North America Property unit, Mr. Pitman will be based in Los Angeles and manage XL Insurance’s Property business in the Western United States.Commenting on the appointment, Mr. Tocco said: "We are so pleased to have Wade join us. I’ve had the pleasure of working with Wade in the past and am delighted that our paths are crossing once again. Wade has a knack for transforming and growing regional underwriting operations. XL has big plans for its US property business and we’re eager to put Wade’s business development savvy and underwriting expertise to work here putting our plans into action.”Mr. Pitman will be responsible for managing property underwriting activities in XL Insurance’s Western region, including California, Nevada, Arizona, Colorado, Washington and Oregon. In addition to providing property coverages, he and his team will assist in coordinating risk engineering services for XL’s property clients through XL Global Asset Protection Services (XL GAPS), its loss prevention consulting firm.Mr. Pitman joins XL Insurance from Ironshore, where, as Regional Executive and Vice President of Property, he led the establishment and development of the company’s Los Angeles and San Francisco offices and managed the technical underwriting activities of the property department. Prior to his recent position with Ironshore, he was Senior Vice President Regional Property Manager of Zurich’s Southwest region. During his career, he also held business development positions at Allianz and various management, sales, and underwriting positions at FM Global. He holds designations as a Associate in Risk Management (ARM) and Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU). Mr. Pitman is a graduate of Arizona State University.About XL InsuranceXL Insurance is the global brand used by XL Group plc's insurance companies and underwriting divisions offering property, casualty, professional and specialty insurance products throughout the world. More information about XL Insurance is available at XL was formed in 1986 in response to the unmet risk management needs of 68 of the world's largest companies. This year, as XL celebrates its 25th anniversary, it remains the company clients look to for innovative insurance and reinsurance solutions for their most complex risks. XL Group plc, through its subsidiaries, is a global insurance and reinsurance company providing property, casualty, and specialty products to industrial, commercial, and professional firms, insurance companies and other enterprises on a worldwide basis. More information about XL Group plc is available at