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American Financial Group, Inc. (NYSE: AFG) (NASDAQ: AFG) announces the
promotions of Vito C. Peraino and Michelle “Shelly” A. Gillis.
Vito C. Peraino (Photo: Business Wire)
Mr. Peraino has been named General Counsel and Senior Vice President of
AFG and will assume responsibility for AFG’s Legal function. Prior to
his promotion, Mr. Peraino served as Senior Vice President and Assistant
General Counsel of Great American Insurance Group and was responsible
for overall claims strategy and claims oversight for Great American’s
property and casualty businesses. He joined Great American in 1999 as a
Vice President, overseeing management of all asbestos, environmental and
other mass tort liabilities for the property and casualty group. Prior
to joining Great American, Mr. Peraino was in private law practice for
18 years, and was a partner in a large California law firm where he had
spent 15 years. Mr. Peraino also serves as a board member of Marketform
Group Limited, the Company’s platform at Lloyd’s of London, and as board
member of National Interstate Corporation (NASDAQ: NATL). Mr. Peraino
holds an undergraduate degree from Wayne State University and a law
degree from the University of Michigan Law School. Mr. Peraino is a
current director and past President of the Mason Schools Foundation
which supports public schools in Mason, Ohio.
James E. Evans has been named AFG Executive Counsel in addition to his
role as Senior Vice President and member of the AFG Board of Directors.
Shelly Gillis has been named to the newly created position of Chief
Administrative Officer and Vice President of AFG. In her new role, Ms.
Gillis will assume responsibilities for AFG’s Real Estate Facilities,
Communications and Business Support Services functions. In addition to
these new responsibilities, she will continue to lead AFG’s Human
Resources and Enterprise Services groups. Ms. Gillis began her career at
Great American Insurance Group, a subsidiary of AFG, in 2004 as Director
of Organizational Planning. She has held positions of increasing
responsibility over the past few years, most recently as Corporate Vice
President of Human Resources, a position she has held since December
2008. Prior to joining Great American, she was a Vice President & Senior
HR Business Partner of Fifth Third Bank. Ms. Gillis is a graduate of the
University of Cincinnati, where she received a BA in Communications and
Masters of Arts degree in Labor and Employee Relations. She also earned
the Senior Professional of Human Resources (SPHR) designation. Ms.
Gillis currently serves as mentor at Oyler Elementary through the
Literacy Network of Greater Cincinnati “Cincinnati Reads” Program and is
a former member of the Seton High School Board of Trustees.
About American Financial Group, Inc.
American Financial Group is an insurance holding company, based in
Cincinnati, Ohio with assets in excess of $35 billion. Through the
operations of Great American Insurance Group, AFG is engaged primarily
in property and casualty insurance, focusing on specialized commercial
products for businesses, and in the sale of traditional fixed and
indexed annuities and a variety of supplemental insurance products, such
as Medicare Supplement. Great American Insurance Group’s roots go back
to 1872 with the founding of its flagship company, Great American
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American Financial Group, Inc.Diane P. Weidner, Asst. Vice
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