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Vindivich Appointed Head of Casualty for Argo Group's Colony Specialty

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Vindivich Appointed Head of Casualty for Argo Group's Colony Specialty13:00 EST Wednesday, January 26, 2011 NEW YORK (Business Wire) -- Argo Group International Holdings, Ltd. (NasdaqGS: AGII) announced today that Ron Vindivich, senior vice president of Colony Specialty, has been appointed as head of its Excess and Surplus Lines (E&S) casualty division. Mr. Vindivich will be responsible for our strategy and execution in this key market space reporting to Michael Fleischer, EVP, chief underwriting officer for Colony Specialty. In addition to his new role, Vindivich also will continue to serve as head of Colony Specialty's transportation division. Lou Levinson, president of Argo Group's E&S Lines Segment, commented on the appointment: "In October of 2010 we announced the reorganization of our E&S business to meet the changing needs of our customers and take advantage of opportunities for collaboration with other Argo Group segments. As part of this effort, Ron successfully restructured Colony's garage and transportation portfolio and built a strong team in the process. His experience and leadership will be a great asset to us in his expanded role as head of the casualty division.” Bringing more than 20 years of experience with Chubb, Kemper and CNA, Mr. Vindivich joined Colony in 2006 as VP of underwriting for the industrial casualty division. In 2008 he was appointed VP of brokerage casualty, which combined Colony's existing industrial casualty, general casualty and excess casualty divisions. Mr. Vindivich holds a CPCU designation and is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University. ABOUT COLONY SPECIALTY Colony Specialty, the largest division of the excess and surplus segment of the Argo Group, is a premier specialty property and casualty underwriter in the US. Focused on excess and surplus markets, Colony Specialty is dedicated to providing specialty insurance products and superior service through an efficient network of appointed wholesale brokers. Colony Specialty has offices located in Virginia, Arizona, Illinois, Georgia, California, Colorado, New York, and New Jersey. ABOUT ARGO GROUP INTERNATIONAL HOLDINGS, LTD. Argo Group International Holdings, Ltd. (NasdaqGS: AGII) is an international underwriter of specialty insurance and reinsurance products in the property and casualty market. Argo Group offers a full line of high-quality products and services designed to meet the unique coverage and claims handling needs of businesses in four primary segments: Excess & Surplus Lines, Commercial Specialty, Reinsurance, and International Specialty. Argo's insurance subsidiaries are A. M. Best-rated 'A' (Excellent) (third highest rating out of 16 rating classifications) with a stable outlook, and Argo's U.S. insurance subsidiaries are Standard and Poor's-rated 'A-' (Strong) with a stable outlook. More information on Argo Group and its subsidiaries is available at www.argolimited.com. FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS This press release contains certain statements that are “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Such statements are qualified by the inherent risks and uncertainties surrounding future expectations generally and also may differ materially from actual future experience involving any one or more of such statements. For a more detailed discussion of such risks and uncertainties, see Argo Group's filings with the SEC. The inclusion of a forward-looking statement herein should not be regarded as a representation by Argo Group that Argo Group's objectives will be achieved. Argo Group undertakes no obligation to publicly update forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Argo Group International Holdings, Ltd.Lisa Scannell, 617-478-5206Corporate Communicationslscannell@argogroupus.com