GEICO names Richard Solowan assistant vice president

Woodbury, N.Y., March 14, 2013 – Richard Solowan has been named assistant vice president of the GEICO companies. He will be responsible for the personal injury protection (PIP) staff counsel operation in New York.

Solowan joined GEICO in 1992 as an attorney in the company’s staff counsel department, where he defended GEICO and policyholders throughout Brooklyn, the Bronx and Manhattan.  He was later named lead attorney in Westchester County, a position he held before relocating to GEICO’s Office of Legislative Counsel in Washington, D.C. in 1999. He was the lead legislative attorney on behalf of GEICO when the company re-entered New Jersey in 2004.

Since then, Solowan has served as senior counsel for New York and New Jersey representing GEICO before the legislatures and insurance departments, most recently handling the multitude of issues that arose due to Super Storm Sandy.

Solowan received a bachelor’s degree in business from the University of Ottawa in Ottawa, Canada, and graduated from the University of Alberta Law School in Edmonton, Canada. He is a member of the New York bar.

“We are very pleased to have someone with Richard’s extensive experience in this new position,” said Tony Nicely, GEICO’s CEO and president. “His familiarity with staff counsel and his involvement with New York PIP regulation for more than 10 years will be a great asset as he takes on these new responsibilities.”

GEICO (Government Employees Insurance Company) is a member of the Berkshire Hathaway family of companies and is the second-largest private passenger auto insurance company in the United States. GEICO, which was founded in 1936, provides millions of auto insurance quotes to U.S. drivers annually. The company is pleased to serve more than 14 million private passenger customers and insures more than 23 million vehicles (auto & cycle).

Using GEICO's online service center, policyholders can purchase policies, make policy changes, report claims and print insurance ID cards. Policyholders can also connect to GEICO through the GEICO App, reach a representative over the phone or visit a GEICO local agent.

GEICO also provides insurance quotes on motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), boats, travel trailers and motorhomes (RVs). Coverage for life, homes and apartments is written by non-affiliated insurance companies and is secured through the GEICO Insurance Agency. Commercial auto insurance and personal umbrella protection are also available.

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