State Farm(R) appoints Barbara Bellissimo Senior Vice President in Canada

    AURORA, ON, May 28 /CNW/ - State Farm is pleased to announce the
appointment of Barbara Bellissimo as Chief Agent and Senior Vice President for
State Farm in Canada. In her new role, she will be responsible for providing
strategic leadership, and overseeing the sales and operations of State Farm in
    Ms. Bellissimo joined State Farm in 1986 and has successfully managed
positions of increased responsibility in Canada for underwriting, training and
field sales consulting. Ms. Bellissimo accepted an opportunity to work at
State Farm's corporate offices in Bloomington, IL, in various functions
including; agency, marketing, underwriting, IT and claims. Most recently Ms.
Bellissimo has managed State Farm's company-wide Life/Health operations and
served as Vice President of Operations in Canada prior to assuming her new
    Ms. Bellissimo holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Western
Ontario, and is a Fellow Chartered Insurance Professional. She is a Board
Member of the International Women's Forum, and newly appointed Board Member of
the Insurance Bureau of Canada and Facility Association.

    State Farm is the largest Property & Casualty insurer in North America.
State Farm is the fourth largest auto insurer, and fifth largest property and
casualty insurer in Canada. State Farm has been serving Canadians since 1938.
State Farm's 542 Canadian agents and over 1,400 employees currently provide
insurance and financial services from mutual funds and life insurance to
vehicle loans, home and auto insurance in Ontario, Alberta and New Brunswick.
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For further information: Pete Karageorgos, (905) 750-4434

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