Thomas Crawford, former president and CEO of the company steps down as chairman

Crawford & Company said that Charles Ogburn, a company board member and executive director at international investment firm Arcapita, has been named as the non-executive chairman of the board of directors, effective Jan. 1, 2010. Thomas Crawford, former president and chief executive officer of Crawford & Company, stepped down as chairman, effective Dec. 31, 2009.

Mr Ogburn was elected to the Crawford board in February 2009, bringing international business experience to the company. He has spent more than 15 years at the investment banking firm The Robinson-Humphrey Company, as senior managing director and co-head of investment banking. He was also an attorney with the law firm of King & Spalding.

Mr Crawford has served on the board since September 2004, when he was named president and CEO of Crawford & Company. He retired from his executive role and became chairman of the board at the end of 2007.

Jeffrey Bowman, president and chief executive officer at Crawford & Company, said: With his background in international business, financial expertise and perspective, Charlie has proven to be an invaluable member of our board during the past year. I am looking forward to working with him more closely as we continue to transform Crawford and solidify our position as the largest independent claims provider in the world.

Crawford has benefited greatly from the expertise and insight Tom Crawford brought to us through his 40-plus years in the insurance industry. His expectation of excellent performance in everything we do helped establish a strong foundation for continued operational success.