Directors & Officers

Board of Directors

State Auto Financial Corporation (NASDAQ:STFC)

Michael E. LaRocco – Chairman, President & CEO

State Auto Financial Corporation Term expires in 2018

Elected in 2015

Michael E. LaRocco became President and Chief Executive Officer and was elected to the board on May 8, 2015. Mr. LaRocco had been with Business Insurance Direct, LLC (“BID”), an online seller of general liability and property insurance to small businesses, since December 2011.

Robert Baker – Executive Vice President

DHR International Term expires in 2019

Elected in 2007

Baker has served as a senior marketing executive at several of the nation’s premier consumer products companies, including Conagra, Kraft, and Procter & Gamble. He currently serves as Executive Vice President of DHR International, an executive recruiting firm. Baker, a U.S. Air Force veteran, is a Mableton, Ga., resident who holds an undergraduate degree from Tuskegee University and an MBA from Columbia University.

Kym M. Hubbard – Retired Global Head of Investments, Chief Investment Officer and Treasurer, Ernst & Young, LLC

Term expires in 2018

Elected 2016

Hubbard recently retired as global head of investments, chief investment officer and treasurer for Ernst & Young, LLC. She has over 30 years of financial services experience, including roles in private partnerships, insurance, government, investment banking, capital markets, banking and audit/public accounting. She is a graduate of Bradley University. 

Michael J. Fiorile – President & CEO

Dispatch Broadcast Group Term expires in 2018

Elected in 2015

Michael J. Fiorile, has served as Chief Executive Officer of The Dispatch Printing Company, a privately owned, regional print and broadcast media company, since January 2008 and as its President since January 2005. He also has served as Vice Chairman and CEO of the company’s subsidiary, Dispatch Broadcast Group, which includes television and radio stations and cable operations.

Eileen A. Mallesch – Retired Senior Vice President and CFO

Nationwide Property and Casualty Insurance Company Term Expires in 2018

Elected in 2010

Mallesch most recently served as senior vice president and chief financial officer of Nationwide Property and Casualty Insurance Company. From 1998 to 2005, she served General Electric Co. as senior vice president and chief financial officer of Genworth Life Insurance, vice president and chief financial officer of GE Financial Employer Services Group, and controller of GE Americom. Mallesch earlier held finance leadership roles at Asea Brown Boveri and PepsiCo and was an auditor for Arthur Anderson, where she earned her CPA. She is currently a member of the board of directors and chair of the Audit Committee of Bob Evans Farms Inc. A summa cum laude graduate with a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the City University of New York, Mallesch is also a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Thomas E. Markert – Executive Vice President

Research Now Group Inc. Term expires in 2019

Elected in 2007

Markert is CEO of Digital Tailwind, a specialized digital marketing agency based in Delray Beach, Fla. From 2008 to 2012, he served as senior vice president of strategy and innovation at Office Depot. He previously served as CEO of Loyalty Worldwide at Ipsos and global chief marketing and client service officer of ACNielsen, the world’s leading marketing information company. In more than 20 years with ACNielsen, Markert has held the posts of group chief executive-Pacific, chief marketing officer-Asia Pacific, president of ACNielsen-Canada, and senior vice president. The New Canaan, Conn., resident is a graduate of St. Lawrence University, and authored You Can’t Win a Fight With Your Boss, published by HarperCollins in 2004.

David R. Meuse – Principal

Stonehenge Partners Term expires in 2020

Elected in 2006

As Principal, Stonehenge Financial Holdings Inc., Meuse is responsible for initiating investment opportunities, structuring acquisitions, coordinating due diligence, negotiating transaction terms, working with portfolio company management teams, and managing the disposition of Stonehenge investments. Prior to joining Stonehenge, Mr. Meuse was the chairman and chief executive officer of Banc One Capital Holdings Corporation, the holding company for the investment banking, merchant banking, securities brokerage, investment advisory and insurance activities of Bank One Corporation. Prior to joining Bank One, he was chairman and chief executive officer of Meuse, Rinker, Chapman, Endres & Brooks, a regional investment banking firm which Meuse founded in 1981. Mr. Meuse began his securities career at Ball, Burge & Kraus, where he became a partner at the age of 26. He became a partner at Prescott, Ball and Turben as a result of the merger of Prescott and Ball Burge & Kraus. In 1974, Mr. Meuse joined McDonald & Company Securities, Inc., a member of the New York Stock Exchange, as a full partner. He later served as vice chairman of the board of directors of McDonald & Company. Meuse currently serves as Non Executive Chairman of the Board for Diamond Hill Investment Group, Inc., Chairman of the Board for The Columbus Foundation and several other boards including Kenyon College (Investment Committee), State Auto Insurance Cos. (Investment Committee Chairman), ORIX Corporation, and The Columbus Partnership. He is past Chairman of the Columbus Association for the Performing Arts (CAPA). Meuse graduated from John Carroll University, the University of Pennsylvania and Wharton School of Finance, Securities Industry Program.

S. Elaine Roberts – President and CEO

Columbus Regional Airport Authority Term expires in 2020

Elected in 2002

Roberts is executive director of the Columbus Airport Authority. Roberts served as executive director of the Rhode Island Airport Corporation in Warwick, R.I., immediately prior to coming to Columbus, and as deputy executive director of the Indianapolis Airport Authority in Indianapolis, Ind., prior to that. She earned a master's degree from the University of Louisville in 1974, followed by a Juris Doctorate from Indiana University in 1981. Roberts is a member of the American Association of Airport Executives. Roberts is a member of the Columbus Partnership.

SiSi Pouraghabagher – Member of the faculty and executive partner

California Polytechnic State University Term expires in 2020

Pouraghabagher is currently a member of the faculty and executive partner at California Polytechnic State University's Orfalea College of Business. She most recently served as chief administrative officer of QBE Insurance for North America, and prior to that as chief operations officer and chief financial officer with Balboa Insurance. She also served as vice president, finance and administration with Xavor Corporation, and chief financial officer of Wellspring Solutions.

Senior Officers

  • Mike LaRocco – President, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer
  • Melissa Centers – Senior Vice President, Secretary and General Counsel
  • Steve English – Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer
  • Kim Garland – Senior Vice President, Standard Lines and Managing Director of State Auto Labs
  • John Petrucci – Senior Vice President, Customer Service
  • Suzanne Sinclair – Senior Vice President, Chief People Officer
  • Élise Spriggs – Senior Vice President, External Relations
  • Paul Stachura – Senior Vice President, Chief Claims and Risk Engineering Officer
  • Greg Tacchetti – Senior Vice President, Chief Information and Strategy Officer