March 29, 2016 | Press Releases

Ohio Mutual Restructures Management Team

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Three Internal Leaders Promoted to New Roles

BUCYRUS, OH — Ohio Mutual has announced a restructuring of the company’s management team, resulting in the promotion of three of the company’s current leaders.

“When I joined the company six months ago, one of the many things that attracted me was the strong team of leaders already in place at the company,” said President & CEO Mark C. Russell. “Even with the recent retirements of several tenured senior leaders, I knew that Ohio Mutual had a number of strong leaders to guide the organization’s future growth, and I’m pleased to elevate this new generation of senior leadership for the company.”

The promotions are effective immediately and are as follows:

  • Gary Johnson has been promoted from Assistant Vice President of Business Insurance Underwriting to Vice President of Commercial Lines Underwriting. Johnson joined Ohio Mutual in 2010 as Commercial Lines Underwriting Manager, having previously served in several roles over 25 years at State Auto Insurance Company, and was promoted to AVP in May 2011. In his new role, Johnson will continue to direct the company’s commercial lines and farm lines efforts.
  • Chad Combs has been promoted to Vice President of Personal Lines Underwriting. Combs joined Ohio Mutual in June 2014 as Assistant Vice President of Personal Lines Underwriting, and will continue to lead the company’s personal lines efforts in his new role. Prior to joining Ohio Mutual, Combs served as Director of Standard Auto Underwriting for Nationwide Insurance, with additional experience in product management and strategic planning.
  • Howie Barber has been promoted to Vice President of Sales, from his current position as Assistant Vice President of Sales. Barber originally joined Ohio Mutual as a Regional Sales Manager in August 2012, and was promoted to AVP in November 2012. His previous experience includes more than three decades with Westfield Insurance, Providence Washington Insurance Company, and Shelby Insurance.

Ohio Mutual Insurance Group, founded in 1901 and based in Bucyrus, OH, partners with nearly 400 independent agencies to distribute quality property and casualty insurance products throughout Connecticut, Indiana, Maine, New Hampshire, Ohio, Rhode Island, and Vermont. Ohio Mutual has maintained a rating of “A / Stable” from A.M. Best Co. for 23 consecutive years, and was named to the Ward’s 50 from 2009-2013. Additional company information is available at

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