Unitrin Adds Geoga to Board

CHICAGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Feb. 2, 2000–Unitrin, Inc. (Nasdaq: UNIT) announced today that it has appointed Douglas G. Geoga as a director. Mr. Geoga fills a vacancy in the Unitrin board created when Dr. Henry Singleton passed away in August 1999.

Mr. Geoga has been president of the recently-formed Hospitality Investment Fund, L.L.C., an affiliate of The Pritzker Organization based in Chicago, Illinois, since January 1, 2000. Mr. Geoga previously held a variety of positions with Hyatt Hotels & Resorts, including, most recently, serving as its President from 1994 until January 1, 2000, and its Executive Vice President of Development prior to that. During his tenure at Hyatt, the chain grew extensively and enjoyed dramatically improved operating results while receiving numerous awards for customer service.

Mr. Geoga has been active in numerous lodging industry, professional and civic organizations. He is also a director of U.S. Franchise Systems, Inc., a publicly traded lodging franchiser. A graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School, Mr. Geoga and his wife and three children live in the Chicago area.

Unitrin’s subsidiaries are engaged in three businesses: property and casualty insurance, life and health insurance and consumer finance.

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CONTACT: Unitrin, Inc.

Scott Renwick, 312/661-4930