B. Keith Mitchell Appointed Chairman

W. R. Berkley Corporation (NYSE: WRB) today announced the appointment of John Henle as president of Union Standard Insurance Group (Union Standard). He succeeds B. Keith Mitchell, who has been named chairman of Union Standard. The appointments are effective immediately.

Mr. Henle joins Union Standard with more than 20 years of multi-line insurance experience, focused on management and distribution. He most recently served as head of district operations at a leading U.S. property casualty and financial services group. He holds a B.A. from the University of Nevada.

Mr. Mitchell joined Union Standard in 1998 and was named president in 2014. He has been critical in leading Union Standard’s success in the south-central U.S. commercial property casualty insurance market. As chairman, he will continue to share his insights and expertise, while engaging in other special projects and initiatives for W. R Berkley Corporation.

W. Robert Berkley, Jr., president and chief executive officer of W. R. Berkley Corporation, commented on the appointment, "Keith has been instrumental in positioning Union Standard on a continuing trajectory for success. We thank him for his many years of service and significant contributions to our Company and are grateful that he will continue to be a part of our team. John is clearly a proven leader who brings a tremendous skill set to the organization. We are confident that John and the Union Standard team will continue to build upon the business’s strong foundation."

For further info about products and services available from Union Standard Insurance Group, please visit www.usic.com.

Founded in 1967, W. R. Berkley Corporation is an insurance holding company that is among the largest commercial lines writers in the United States and operates worldwide in two segments of the property casualty insurance business: Insurance and Reinsurance & Monoline Excess. For further information about W. R. Berkley Corporation, please visit www.berkley.com.

Karen A. Horvath Vice President - Financial Communications (203) 629-3000

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