Press Release

David Chase joins Eastern Insurance as vice president

NATICK, Mass., November 24, 2008 - Eastern Insurance Group LLC today announced the appointment of David H. Chase, Jr. as vice president in commercial lines sales. He will be based out of Eastern's new branch office in Warwick, Rhode Island.

Chase comes to Eastern Insurance from Aon Risk Services (ARS) where he was vice president, having spent fourteen years at ARS, working in the New York, Boston and Providence offices. Chase has extensive experience in developing new business and managing large and middle-market property and casualty risk management programs for national accounts. Chase primarily focuses on the retail, manufacturing, real estate, and construction industries.

At Eastern he will be responsible for developing new business opportunities as well as managing large to middle market accounts in the Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts area. Chase began his career in 1994 after graduating from the College of Insurance (St. Johns University) with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.

Founded in 1935 and headquartered in Natick, Mass. Eastern Insurance Group LLC is one of the largest insurance agencies in the nation, serving more than 70,000 individuals and businesses. Eastern Insurance provides a full range of personal and commercial insurance products, and employee benefits services including group health and life insurance, disability insurance, and 401(k) planning. A subsidiary of Eastern Bank, Eastern Insurance has 27 offices located throughout New England from New Hampshire to Rhode Island.