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Argo Group Names Josh Betz as President of its U.S. Surety Operation

Friday, September 21, 2012

Argo Group Names Josh Betz as President of its U.S. Surety Operation08:00 EDT Friday, September 21, 2012 HOUSTON (Business Wire) -- Argo Group International Holdings, Ltd. (NasdaqGS: AGII), an international underwriter of specialty insurance and reinsurance products, announced today that Josh Betz has been promoted to president of Argo Surety, Argo Group's U.S. surety operation, reporting to Chief Financial Officer Jay Bullock. “Josh has been invaluable to the Argo Surety team and he is well-respected in the surety industry,” said Mr. Bullock. “He brings a wealth of experience and dedication to the job, and this promotion formally recognizes Josh's hard work and his ongoing leadership of the team.” Mr. Betz previously held the position of senior vice president and chief underwriting officer for Argo Surety. He has worked in the commercial surety business as a managing director for Travelers and as an underwriter at both CNA Surety and Reliance Surety. Mr. Betz has an undergraduate degree in Finance and Business Administration from Midwestern State University. 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 products and services designed to meet the unique coverage and claims handling needs of businesses in four primary segments: Excess & Surplus Lines, Commercial Specialty, International Specialty and Syndicate 1200. Argo Group'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, 617-235-6138VP, Marketing & Communications