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JOHN C. ROCHE
President & CEO
The Hanover Insurance Group, Inc., Worcester
College: University of Connecticut
Roche joined Hanover in 2006 as vice president of underwriting and product management for commercial lines, with previous stops at other insurers, including Travelers in Hartford. By November when Roche became the company's CEO, the only publicly traded company inside Worcester city limits was at an important inflection point. His predecessor as Hanover CEO lasted only 16 months after restructuring the company and was much less visible publicly than Fred Eppinger, the CEO who transformed Hanover over 13 years. The company's profits in the third quarter dropped 87 percent, largely due to payouts for hurricane damages. Since becoming CEO, Roche has reasserted Hanover's role in the Central Massachusetts community – including serving on the board of the local chapter of the United Way – and seen strong financial results: a 16-percent increase in stock price and a market cap exceeding $5.1 billion.
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