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Navigators Adds UK Property Team.

NEW YORK -- The Navigators Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:NAVG) today announced that it had acquired the expertise of a UK-based property team to grow its specialty business lines in the UK and Europe. The new team, headed by Stephen Snook, will be based in the Lloyd's building in London, and will focus primarily on UK property-related commercial lines in targeted business sectors.

Stephen Snook has joined Navigators with David Fitzgerald, Stephen Baker and Adam Trew, from Markel. Stephen is a recognized leader and expert in niche property sectors, and has extensive industry experience in the UK and London market.

Stan Galanski, Chief Executive Officer of Navigators, said, "Navigators continues to identify market niches which will bring value to our business. Steve Snook and his team will help us grow our business base in the UK and allow the Company to develop a broader platform in Europe. Steve has an excellent track record and we are delighted to have such an experienced and respected professional joining our organization."

Stephen Snook commented, "I am pleased to join an organization with the established underwriting culture and specialty orientation of Navigators. The property team will compete on the basis of quality products, understanding of customer needs and first class customer and claims service, consistent with the philosophy of Navigators."

The Navigators Group, Inc. is an international insurance holding company with insurance company operations, underwriting management companies, and operations at Lloyd's of London. Headquartered in New York City, Navigators has offices in major insurance centers in the United States, the United Kingdom and Belgium.

This press release may contain "forward-looking statements" as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Whenever used in this release, the words "estimate", "expect", "believe" or similar expressions are intended to identify such forward-looking statements. We cannot assure that results that we anticipate will be achieved, since results may differ materially because of known and unknown risks and uncertainties that we face. Please refer to Navigators' most recent Forms 10-K and 10-Q and its other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission for a description of Navigators' business and the important factors that may affect that business. Navigators undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement.
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