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The Hartford announces leadership succession

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Hartford, Conn., USA - June 10, 2014, Hartford, Conn., USA - The Hartford Financial Services Group announced that Christopher J. Swift has been appointed CEO of The Hartford and a member of the company’s board of directors and that Douglas G. Elliot has been named president.

Mr. Swift joined The Hartford in March 2010 and is currently executive vice president and chief financial officer. Previously he held various senior leadership and finance roles at American International Group (AIG). Mr. Swift began his career in public accounting at KPMG LLP focused on financial services and was eventually appointed head of the Global Insurance Industry Practice.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Marquette University and is a CPA. He serves on the Dean’s Advisory Board at the Villanova School of Business and is a member of the International Insurance Society. He also serves on the Board of Connecticut Innovations, an organization that provides financing and support for innovative and growing companies.

Mr. Elliot joined The Hartford in April 2011 as president of Commercial Markets. Before that he served as president of Hartford Steam Boiler, a subsidiary of Munich Re, and was a senior advisor with Aspen Insurance Holdings. He began his career in public accounting before joining The Travelers Companies, Inc., where he rose through the ranks to become chief operating officer for Travelers Property-Casualty.

Mr. Elliot earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Connecticut. He is a graduate of the Wharton School of Business insurance executive program and serves as chairman of the Board of Directors of Hartford Hospital.

Liam E. McGee, currently chairman, president and chief executive officer, continues in his role as executive chairman of the Board until the next annual shareholders’ meeting. The company also appointed Beth A. Bombara to succeed Mr. Swift in the chief financial officer role.

Ms. Bombara has been president of Talcott Resolution since July 2012 and prior to that served as senior vice president and controller for the company. She joined The Hartford in April 2004. Prior to that, Bombara was a senior manager in Deloitte & Touche LLP's audit practice and was a partner at Arthur Andersen LLP.

Ms. Bombara earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from Bryant University and is a CPA.

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