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Connealy to Transition from ProAg CEO; Jones Named Successor

Producers Ag Insurance Group (ProAg), a member of the Tokio Marine HCC group of companies, announces that Michael Connealy, president and CEO, will transition to chairman of the board, effective June 30, until his retirement in the second quarter of 2018.

Kendall Jones, currently executive vice president and COO, will assume the role of president and CEO on June 30.

During his 11 years at ProAg, Connealy has helped develop ProAg into one of the premiere providers of crop insurance products. He has supported the industry throughout his career by serving on the board of directors and as chairman of National Crop Insurance Services (NCIS), as well as through his testimony to both the U.S. Senate and House Agriculture Committees. Connealy has also been closely involved on behalf of the private sector during each Standard Reinsurance Agreement (SRA) negotiation session with the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation (FCIC) since the early 1980s.

“May 16, 2017 will be exactly 40 years since starting my first job in the insurance business out of college,” Connealy states. “Along this journey, many people, especially the Latham family in Amarillo, gave me a chance to succeed. I will be taking the time to thank all of these individuals as we get closer to my actual retirement date in 2018.”

Jones joined ProAg in 2006 as executive vice president after spending time in diverse roles in the crop insurance industry at Norwest Corporation and Rural Community Insurance Services. As ProAg’s COO, she oversees the day-to-day operations of the regional offices and their support teams. Jones is an active advocate for the agricultural industry and currently serves on the board of NCIS.

"Kendall is as prepared to lead this company as any chief executive in our history," says Connealy. "Her leadership, her personal style, and her broad experience across the entire spectrum of the crop insurance business uniquely qualify her to step into this role in July. She is highly respected across the industry, she inspires ProAg employees, and she represents in every way ProAg’s core values."

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