Press Release

Gene J. Simpson Named President of Republic Indemnity®

CINCINNATI – January 9, 2024 – Great American Insurance Group is pleased to announce the hiring of Gene J. Simpson as President of its California-based workers’ compensation subsidiary, Republic Indemnity, effective immediately.

Mr. Simpson joins the company from a workers’ compensation insurance carrier in California, where he served as Vice President, Underwriting and Distribution. Prior to this leadership role, he was the Vice President, Workers’ Compensation Product Management at the parent company of a Seattle-based workers’ compensation insurer. Mr. Simpson has more than 26 years of insurance experience.

“Gene comes to us with a strong underwriting background and a vast network of solid agency relationships that will undoubtedly benefit Republic,” said Jason Cohen, Senior Vice President of Great American’s Property & Casualty Group. “We welcome his expertise and experience, and look forward to continuing to grow Republic, which has a strong history of serving the workers’ comp market.”

Mr. Simpson earned a Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics from Western Washington University and holds the following designations: Certified Authority on Workers’ Compensation (CAWC), Chartered Property & Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) and Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC).

About Republic Indemnity

Republic Indemnity is how producers, policyholders, and injured workers can overcome all the complexities of workers’ comp and get a clear way forward. Republic Indemnity has over five decades of financial stability, an “A+” rating by A.M. Best, and the added strength and support of the Great American Insurance family.

Republic Indemnity is headquartered in Calabasas, California, with offices in San Francisco and San Diego and writes business in California, Alaska, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Texas, Utah, Montana, Oregon, Idaho, Kansas, Missouri, and Nevada.

Republic Indemnity Company of America and Republic Indemnity Company of California are members of Great American Insurance Group.

About Great American Insurance Group

Great American Insurance Group’s roots go back to 1872 with the founding of its flagship company, Great American Insurance Company. Based in Cincinnati, Ohio, the operations of Great American Insurance Group are engaged primarily in property and casualty insurance, focusing on specialized commercial products for businesses. Great American Insurance Company has received an “A” (Excellent) or higher rating from the A.M. Best Company for 115 years and is currently rated “A+” (Superior). The members of Great American Insurance Group are subsidiaries of American Financial Group, Inc. (AFG), also based in Cincinnati, Ohio. AFG’s common stock is listed and traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol AFG.


Diane P. Weidner, IRC
Vice President, Investor & Media Relations
American Financial Group, Inc.


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