Progressive Announces Election of Roger N. Farah to Board of Directors

The Board of Directors of The Progressive Corporation yesterday elected Roger N. Farah, 55, to fill a vacancy on the Company’s Board for a term ending on the date of the Annual Meeting of Shareholders in April 2009.

Mr. Farah is the President and Chief Operating Officer and a Director for Polo Ralph Lauren Corporation, positions he has held since April 2000. Prior to that, he served as Chairman of the Board of Venator Group, Inc., from December 1994 until April 2000, and as its Chief Executive Officer from December 1994 until August 1999. Mr. Farah was the President and Chief Operating Officer of R.H. Macy & Co. from July 1994 to October 1994. He also served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Federated Merchandising Services, the central buying and product development arm of Federated Department Stores, Inc., from June 1991 to July 1994. From 1988 to 1991, Mr. Farah served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Rich’s/Goldsmith’s Department Stores and as President of Rich’s/Goldsmith’s Department Stores from 1987 to 1988. From 1975 to 1987, he held a number of positions of increasing responsibility at Saks Fifth Avenue, Inc. Mr. Farah is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Aetna Inc.

About Progressive

The Progressive Group of Insurance Companies, in business since 1937, is one of the country’s largest auto insurance groups, the largest seller of motorcycle and personal watercraft policies and a market leader in commercial auto insurance based on premiums written.

Progressive is committed to becoming consumers’ #1 choice for auto insurance by providing competitive rates and products that meet drivers’ needs throughout their lifetimes, superior online and in-person customer service, and best-in-class, 24-hour claims service, including its concierge level of claims service available at service centers located in major metropolitan areas throughout the United States.

Progressive companies offer consumers choices in how to shop for, buy and manage their auto insurance policies. Progressive offers its products, including personal and commercial auto, motorcycle, boat and recreational vehicle insurance, through more than 30,000 independent insurance agencies throughout the U.S. and online and by phone directly from the Company. To find an agent or to get a quote, go to

The Common Shares of The Progressive Corporation, the Mayfield Village, Ohio-based holding company, are publicly traded at (NYSE:PGR).