Liberty Mutual to Phase Out 8 Regional Insurance Brands

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Liberty Mutual Insurance announced it is planning to retire its regional brands in 2013 to focus on the more recognizable Liberty Mutual brand.

“We’re retiring the brand names of our eight commercial lines regional companies that sell exclusively through independent agents so we can use the Liberty Mutual Insurance brand name in all markets,” Liberty Mutual Insurance spokesperson Chris Goetcheus told Insurance Journal.

“The decision was influenced by our agents’ desire to align their businesses with the stronger, more recognizable Liberty Mutual brand,” the spokesperson said. “We have previously communicated this directly to our agency partners.”

The retiring brands are as follows:

• America First Insurance (Southwest Region) operates in 6 states
• Colorado Casualty (Mountain Region) operates in 6 states
• Golden Eagle Insurance (Pacific Region) operates in California
• Indiana Insurance (Midwest Region) operates in 9 states
• Liberty Northwest (Northwest Region) operates in 5 states
• Montgomery Insurance (Southeast Region) operates in 7 states
• Ohio Casualty (Mid-Atlantic Region) operates in 7 states
• Peerless Insurance (Northeast Region) operates in 8 states

Spokesperson Chris Goetcheus also told Insurance Journal that each of the eight regions continues to have local presence and decision-making authority. Each has a president and several regional vice presidents, along with a full field complement of underwriting teams and territory managers.

He said each operation is business as usual, operating from the same regional home offices and regional offices. Liberty Mutual Insurance constantly monitors business operations and aligns staffing levels according to meet agents’ and customers’ needs, he said.

Liberty Mutual said Safeco Insurance, a Liberty Mutual company, continues to offer personal lines products under its own brand through independent agents in 49 states and eight geographic regions throughout the U.S.


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  • January 16, 2013 at 6:58 pm
    Richard Look says:

    Very smart! They will need to address Liberty’s perception as a monoline Workers Comp writer, but aside from special state filings, I thought those regional brands fought the mega enterprise-wide brand. This is usually a move a company does when it can weather near-term loss of business due to confusion among customers. Good luck with the transition.

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