The Columbus Dispatch

Garland to head State Auto once deal closes

- Mark Williams

Liberty Mutual wants State Auto Financial executive Kim Garland to lead the insurer once its sale to Liberty Mutual is completed.

Garland, 56, is current senior vice president of personal and commercial lines and managing director of State Auto Labs, the insurer’s innovation arm.

Liberty Mutual said Thursday it intends to pick Garland as president.

Liberty Mutual announced last July its that it would buy State Auto for about $1 billion. The deal is expected to close next year.

The contract of Mike Larocco, State Auto’s chairman, president and CEO, expires in 2022.

He plans to step down once the deal closes, which is expected next year.

Garland join State Auto in 2015. Garland has led personal and commercial lines along with helping found State Auto Labs. He also led the rebuild and restructur­ing of State Auto’s personal lines and commercial lines businesses.

Before joining State Auto, Garland was chief product officer for AIG’S Global P&C Consumer Division. mawilliams@dispatch.com @Bizmarkwil­liams

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