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Robert Zehr named Erie Insurance’s next SVP, Actuarial and Chief Actuary

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Zehr brings more than 20 years of actuarial experience to the senior leadership role and succeeds Brad Eastwood who will retire at the end of 2021

ERIE, Pa., August 12, 2021Erie Insurance (ERIE) has named Robert Zehr as the company’s next senior vice president, actuarial, and chief actuary. Zehr will succeed Brad Eastwood, who will retire at the end of 2021.

Zehr is currently vice president, enterprise risk management, and ERIE’s corporate risk officer. In this role, he is responsible for managing ERIE's P&C loss reserving team, providing peer review and recommendations for actuarial opinion, managing the economic capital modeling team and providing a vision for risk/return optimization and risk budgeting. Zehr has also led ERIE’s reinsurance program.

“Rob brings more than 20 years of actuarial experience and expertise in loss reserves, pricing decisions, predictive modeling and rate filings to this senior leadership role,” said Greg Gutting, executive vice president and chief financial officer. “He is a respected industry leader and has been an integral part of building and enhancing ERIE’s enterprise risk management function since its inception.”

At ERIE, Zehr has led teams of actuaries, risk managers, project managers and analysts who recommend risk tolerances and provide risk-related guidance to ERIE's Board of Directors and executive management.

He joined ERIE in 2003 from EMC Insurance Companies in Des Moines, Iowa. He earned a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Binghamton University, a master's degree in mathematics teacher education from the State University of New York College at Potsdam and an M.B.A. from Case Western Reserve University. He is also a Fellow of the Casualty Actuarial Society.

Zehr will begin his new role on August 26.