Press Release

Insurance Library Association of Boston to honor Hope Aldrich

BOSTON, Sept. 5, 2012 Eastern Insurance Group President and CEO Hope Aldrich has been named "Insurance Professional of the Year," by the Insurance Library Association of Boston.

Aldrich is the second woman to earn the award, which is given annually to "outstanding citizens who have distinguished themselves through service to their industry and the community at large."

"Hope Aldrich personifies what is best about the insurance industry," said Jean E. Lucey, Director of the Insurance Library Association of Boston. "We are proud to be associated with Hope, who has earned the respect and affection of the insurance community as a hardworking, public-spirited and trustworthy executive."

Aldrich, who has served as President and CEO of Eastern Insurance Group since 1997, will be honored at an Oct. 19, 2012 luncheon ceremony at the Park Plaza in Boston.

"I am honored to be recognized by the Insurance Library Association of Boston which has provided training, education, and research capabilities to the insurance industry since 1887 and remains the oldest insurance library in the country," said Aldrich. "I want to thank my peers in the industry for selecting me for this honor. I also want to thank my colleagues at Eastern Insurance who through their teamwork and focused delivery of outstanding service have allowed us to become one of the top 50 insurance agencies in the nation."

With more than 30 years of experience in the insurance industry, Aldrich previously held leadership roles at AON Risk Services and Liberty Mutual Insurance Company.

Aldrich is an active and contributing participant in the community and charitable affairs. This is exemplified by her service on the Board of Directors for the YMCA of Greater Boston, the Board of Overseers of Newton-Wellesley Hospital, the Board of Corporators of Eastern Bank, the Board of Overseers of Children's Hospital Trust, the Board of Directors of the Insurance Library Association of Boston, and the Board of Governors for the Wellesley Country Club.

Aldrich was honored by Banker and Tradesman as one of the inaugural "Women of FIRE" in August 2011. She is a graduate of Lafayette College. She and her family reside in Wellesley where she is an active member of her community.

About the Insurance Library Association of Boston

Founded in 1887, the Insurance Library Association of Boston is the leading resource for and provider of literature, information services, and quality professional education for the insurance industry and related interests. Our collection and services are available at no charge to consumers, including students, and we are happy to help clarify what might sometimes seem to be a confusing maze to anyone not working in the business. We receive no public funds, and depend upon those in the insurance community and related fields to support us through memberships so that our doors can remain open to all.

About Eastern Insurance Group

Eastern Insurance, headquartered in Natick, is a subsidiary of Eastern Bank, the largest independent, mutually owned bank in New England with branches stretching from Merrimack Valley to Cape Cod. Eastern Insurance serves more than 70,000 individuals and businesses and provides a full range of personal and commercial insurance products, surety, and employee benefits services. Eastern Insurance is the largest insurance agency headquartered in Massachusetts and the 36th largest agency in the country.