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Jim Sappington has been elected to the board of directors of State Automobile Mutual Insurance Company

Jim Sappington, former EVP of global operations, digital and technology of McDonald's, elected to @StateAuto Mutual board of directors

Sappington’s more than 30-year career with McDonald’s Corporation began in accounting before transitioning to information technology, where he served as senior director of international IT. He held several subsequent roles, including U.S. vice president and chief information officer as well as corporate vice president of global technology. Sappington was selected for McDonald’s Accelerated Operations Program, during which he moved to the frontlines of the McDonald’s business, eventually being named U.S. vice president and general manager for the northwest region. In this role, he was responsible for all aspects of the business including franchisee relationships, marketing, operations, profitability, real estate development, people development and business strategy for the northwest region. Sappington most recently served as executive vice president of global operations, digital and technology, where he was a member of the senior leadership team that led a significant cultural and business transformation. His responsibilities included global leadership of restaurant operations, technology and digital experience for McDonald’s Experience of the Future, which included mobile ordering and self-service kiosks. Sappington holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Missouri-Columbia and an MBA from DePaul University.

“Jim’s experience in driving technology innovation and business transformation is very well aligned with where we find ourselves in our own transformation,” said State Auto President and CEO Mike LaRocco. “As our progress continues toward becoming a leading digital provider of personal and commercial insurance through independent agents, Jim’s expertise will be extremely valuable.”

About State Automobile Mutual Insurance Company

State Automobile Mutual Insurance Company, headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, is a super regional property and casualty insurance holding company. The company is primarily engaged in writing personal and business insurance products exclusively through independent insurance agencies in 33 states.

State Automobile Mutual is part of the State Auto Group, which is rated A­- (Excellent) by the A.M. Best Company and includes State Automobile Mutual, State Auto Financial Corporation, State Auto Property & Casualty, State Auto Ohio, State Auto Wisconsin, Milbank, Meridian Security, Patrons Mutual, Rockhill Insurance, Plaza Insurance, American Compensation and Bloomington Compensation. Additional information can be found online at

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