GEICO names Ryan West as vice president of claims

WASHINGTON, D.C., August 16, 2013 – Ryan West has been named vice president of claims at GEICO's corporate headquarters in Chevy Chase, Md. He succeeds Rick Hoagland, who was recently named vice president in GEICO's regional office in Buffalo, N.Y.

West began his GEICO career in 1992 as a claims service representative in GEICO's regional office in Macon, Ga. He advanced through supervisory and management positions before he moved to Lakeland, Fla., to serve as GEICO's liability director. Later, he transitioned to GEICO's executive assistant program and was named assistant vice president of claims for GEICO's regional office in Buffalo, N.Y., in 2006.

“We are fortunate to have associates with Ryan's skills and insights to lead our claims home office team," said GEICO’s Senior Vice President Seth Ingall. "Ryan’s breadth of experience will serve him and GEICO well as he takes on this new role."

West holds a bachelor's degree in political science from Mercer University. He earned an Associate in Claims designation from the Insurance Institute of America and is a Casualty Claim Law Associate designee.

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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