To oversee strategy planning

State Automobile Mutual Insurance and State Auto Property & Casualty Insurance have named Stephen Hunckler as the vice president.

Mr Hunckler joined State Auto in August as chief claims officer after serving as executive vice president and chief claims officer at Balboa Insurance in Irvine, California, where he was responsible for overall claims execution and strategy supporting the company’s $3 billion book of business.

His 33 years of professional experience includes all but six in property and casualty insurance claims, with senior management roles held at CNA, Travelers, AIG and Zurich American.

State Automobile Mutual Insurance, headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, is a property and casualty insurance holding company, primarily engaged in writing personal and business insurance products through independent insurance agencies. State Auto Mutual is part of the State Auto Group.

State Auto Mutual also writes specialty insurance and workers’ compensation products through its Rockhill insurance subsidiaries.