Argo Group CEO Mark Watson Receives 2016 EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® Transformational CEO Award for Central Texas Region

Company Release - 6/10/2016 1:17 PM ET

SAN ANTONIO–(BUSINESS WIRE)– CEO Mark E. Watson III of Argo Group International Holdings, Ltd. (NASDAQ: AGII), an international underwriter of specialty insurance and reinsurance products, has been named 2016 winner of the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® Award for the Central Texas Region in the Transformational CEO category.

Of dozens of finalists, Mr. Watson was among seven regional category winners recognized for entrepreneurial excellence at a gala event at the JW Marriott Austin on June 9. The award recognizes outstanding entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance, and personal commitment to their businesses and communities.

All winners are invited to be recognized nationally at the EY Strategic Growth Forum in Palm Springs, California in November 2016.

“As a proud Texan, I am humbled and delighted to be given this honor,” said Mr. Watson. “A large portion of our global employee-base is right here in San Antonio. It is in Texas that I first learned the values of courage, original thinking, commitment and excellence – values that influence every decision we make at Argo Group. I am truly grateful to the panel of judges who have recognized my role in supporting the talented, enthusiastic professionals who make Argo such a success worldwide.”

Since 1986, EY has honored entrepreneurs whose ingenuity, spirit of innovation and discipline have propelled their companies’ success, invigorated their industries, and benefited their communities. Now in its 30th year, the program has honored the inspirational leadership of such entrepreneurs as Howard Schultz of Starbucks Coffee Company, Robert Unanue of Goya Foods, and Mindy Grossman of HSN. Recent U.S. national winners include Reid Hoffman and Jeff Weiner of LinkedIn; Hamdi Ulukaya, founder of Chobani; and 2015 winners Andreas Bechtolsheim and Jayshree Ullal of Arista Networks.

As a Central Texas award winner, Mr. Watson is now eligible for consideration for the Entrepreneur Of The Year 2016 national program. Award winners in several national categories, as well as the Entrepreneur Of The Year National Overall Award winner, will be announced at the Entrepreneur Of The Year National Awards gala in Palm Springs, California, on November 19, 2016. The awards are the culminating event of the Strategic Growth ForumTM, the nation’s most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies. The US Entrepreneur Of The Year Overall Award winner then moves on to compete for the World Entrepreneur Of The Year Award in Monaco in June 2017.

Sponsors

Founded and produced by EY, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards are sponsored nationally by SAP America, Merrill Corporation and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.

In Central Texas, sponsors also include BBVA Compass, ADP, Aventine Hill, Andrews Kurth, Bridgepoint Consulting, Austin Business Journal and San Antonio Business Journal.

About EY Entrepreneur Of The Year®

EY Entrepreneur Of The Year is the world’s most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs. The unique award makes a difference through the way it encourages entrepreneurial activity among those with potential and recognizes the contribution of people who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement. As the first and only truly global award of its kind, Entrepreneur Of The Year celebrates those who are building and leading successful, growing and dynamic businesses, recognizing them through regional, national and global awards programs in more than 145 cities in more than 60 countries.

About EY’s Strategic Growth Markets practice

EY’s Strategic Growth Markets (SGM) practice guides leading high-growth companies. Our multidisciplinary teams of elite professionals provide perspective and advice to help our clients accelerate market leadership. SGM delivers assurance, tax, transactions and advisory services to thousands of companies spanning all industries. EY is the undisputed leader in taking companies public, advising key government agencies on the issues impacting high-growth companies and convening the experts who shape the business climate. For more information, please visit us atey.com/us/strategicgrowthmarkets, or follow news on Twitter @EY_Growth.

About EY

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About Argo Group

Argo Group International Holdings, Ltd. (NASDAQ: AGII) is an international underwriter of specialty insurance and reinsurance products in the property and casualty market. Through its operating subsidiaries, Argo Group offers a full line of products and services designed to meet the unique coverage and claims handling needs of businesses in four primary segments: Excess & Surplus Lines, Commercial Specialty, International Specialty and Syndicate 1200. Argo Group’s worldwide insurance subsidiaries are rated ‘A’ (Excellent) by A.M. Best with a stable outlook and its U.S. insurance subsidiaries are rated ‘A-’ (Strong) by Standard & Poor’s with a stable outlook. For more information, visit www.argolimited.com or follow us on LinkedIn (http://ow.ly/Oe6fK) and on Twitter at @Argo_Group.

Argo Group International Holdings, Ltd.
Dave Snowden, 210-381-5183
SVP, Communications & Public Relations
david.snowden@argogroupus.com

Source: Argo Group International Holdings, Ltd.

International underwriter of specialty insurance and reinsurance products in areas of the property and casualty market.

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