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EXTON, Pennsylvania, June 27, 2011 – XL Insurance, the global underwriting operations of XL Group (NYSE: XL), today announced the promotion of Mary Lavoie to Senior Vice President, Chief Underwriting Officer – North America Programs.According to Quinnon Purvis, President of XL Insurance’s North America Programs unit, “Building successful, profitable insurance programs requires a significant level of knowledge, management skills and underwriting experience. It relies on the kind of strong skill set that Mary brings to our North America team and that she has used in her previous position as Vice President of Underwriting to help grow our program business since joining XL in 2002.”In her new role, Ms. Lavoie takes on greater underwriting management responsibility for XL’s North America Programs unit. Her expanded responsibilities include establishing underwriting criteria and processes, overseeing coverage management and product pricing, and coordinating underwriting support.Prior to joining XL Insurance, Ms. Lavoie served as Vice President of Treaty Underwriting for Overseas Partners US Reinsurance Company where she specialized in program business. She spent the first 16 years in the insurance industry with The Travelers, Inc. in a variety of management roles in national account business and specialty insurance. Her responsibilities included management, strategic marketing, underwriting, negotiating, and profit and loss management for specialty casualty lines. Ms. Lavoie holds an MBA from the University of New Haven, West Haven, CT, and a BA from Saint Joseph College, West Hartford, CT.“XL Insurance looks to partner with program administrators that distinguish themselves as market leaders through industry knowledge, service and professionalism. And our partners can expect no less of our own team, especially from a team that includes individuals like Mary,” said Mr. Purvis.XL Insurance’s North America Programs group specializes in customized program solutions for market-leading Program Administrators with demonstrated underwriting and marketing excellence. The group works with Program Administrators possessing unique industry skills, specialized underwriting talent and a proven record of success with managing books of program business.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