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Naperville, Illinois, September 13, 2013 — Berkley Underwriting Partners, a W. R. Berkley Company, today announced that it has changed its name to Berkley Program Specialists. The change better reflects the Company’s sole focus on program business and the importance of its program administrator relationships.

Berkley Program Specialists will continue to be led by the same senior leadership team of program specialists, who are unrivaled in the industry for longevity and stability. “We decided to change our name to better reflect what we do,” commented John Diem, president and chief executive officer of Berkley Program Specialists. “Our sole focus is program business. Our stability and responsive service will not change.”

About Berkley Program Specialists: Founded in 2001, the Berkley Program Specialists currently has 16 programs in the following industry verticals: specialty contractors, niche liability, public transportation, commercial auto, agriculture, equine, specialized inland marine, and hospitality.

Berkley Program Specialists, a W. R. Berkley Company, is a leading program management company offering both admitted and non-admitted insurance support for commercial program administrators and in-house program managers with specialized insurance expertise. We underwrite on behalf of Gemini Insurance Company, rated A+ (Superior) by A.M. Best, for non-admitted purposes and StarNet Insurance Company, also rated A+ (Superior ) by A.M. Best, for admitted markets. For additional information, please visit