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W.R. BERKLEY CORPORATION NAMES EUGENE BALLARD VICE PRESIDENT - CORPORATE CONTROLLER

 GREENWICH, Conn., Sept. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- W.R. Berkley Corporation (NASDAQ: BKLY), a group of property casualty insurance and insurance services companies, today announced that Eugene Ballard, 41, was named vice president - corporate controller.
 Mr. Ballard was previously with Home Insurance Company where he served as assistant vice president - finance since 1991 and as assistant controller from 1989 to 1991. Prior to joining Home Insurance, Mr. Ballard spent twelve years with KPMG Peat Marwick, where he specialized in insurance accounting and auditing. He is a certified public accountant and a graduate of the University of Virginia.
 Mr. Ballard succeeds Larry A. Hansen, 48, who today was named senior vice president and chief financial officer of Signet Star Holdings, Inc., a company recently formed by W.R. Berkley Corporation and General Re Corporation to own their respective broker-market reinsurance companies, Signet Reinsurance and North Star Reinsurance.
 W.R. Berkley Corporation operates in three segments of the insurance business: regional property casualty insurance; specialty lines of insurance (including excess and surplus lines, commercial transportation and reinsurance); and insurance services operations (including management of alternative insurance market mechanisms).
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 /CONTACT: Robert V. Mendelsohn, president, of W.R. Berkley Corporation, 203-629-2880/
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