Douglas elected as Union Mutual corporate director

Union Mutual Fire Insurance Company and New England Guaranty Insurance Company, Inc. elected former Gov. Jim Douglas of Middlebury to a two-year term as a director of both companies at an annual meeting last week, according to President and CEO John H. Fitzhugh.

Union Mutual Fire Insurance Company and New England Guaranty Insurance Co, Inc. are separate companies with an identical board of directors. Together with Eastern Mutual Insurance Company of Greenville, N.Y., the firms make up an insurance group known as Union Mutual of Vermont Companies.

The companies write homeowners, automobile and small business insurance in New England and upstate New York through a network of professional independent insurance agents. The companies together have more than 100,000 policyholders.

"We are very pleased that Jim Douglas has agreed to bring his good judgment, his extensive knowledge of Vermont, and his long experience in public policy issues to our companies," said S. John Osha, chairman of Union Mutual's board of directors.

A native of Springfield, Mass., Douglas attended Middlebury College. Broken only by a short tenure with Porter Hospital in Middlebury, he served as a Vermont state representative; as a staff advisor to Gov. Richard Snelling (R), as secretary of state, and then treasurer of Vermont, and finally, from 2003 to 2011, as governor. In 2010 he decided to retire from office rather than run for re-election.

Douglas currently serves as executive-in-residence at Middlebury College and also serves as a director of NBT Bank, based in Norwich, N.Y.

During his public career, Douglas has served as chair of the National Governors Association, of the New England Governors' Conference; and of the Coalition of Northeastern Governors. He is a past president of the Council of State Governments.

A year ago President Obama appointed him co-chairman of the Council of Governors. Premier Jean Charest of Quebec awarded him the National Order of Quebec, the only U.S. official so honored.

Douglas joins the board, which includes Mark S. Young of Orwell.

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