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Allstate Appoints New Encompass President

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NORTHBROOK, Ill., January 13, 2006 - Cynthia Hardy Young has been appointed president of Encompass Insurance. She replaces Douglas R. Wendt, who announced his decision to retire after 32 years of service.

“Cynthia has the experience and ability to position Encompass as the carrier of choice for the independent agent,” said Edward M. Liddy, chairman and CEO, The Allstate Corporation. “We are confident that Encompass will continue to grow profitably under her leadership.”

Young joined Allstate in October, 2005 as the assistant vice president of product operations for Allstate Protection’s Northeast region which includes Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont. Previously, Young was the president of the personal lines division for Allmerica Financial Group. Prior to that she was the vice president of product management for the personal lines division of The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc., product manager and professional liability claims attorney at Progressive, and litigation associate at Jones, Day, Reavis & Pogue.

Young received her bachelor of science in economics from Xavier University of Louisiana and her jurist doctorate from the University of Notre Dame School of Law.

The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL) is the nation’s largest publicly held personal lines insurer. Widely known through the “You’re In Good Hands With Allstate®” slogan, Allstate helps individuals in approximately 17 million households protect what they have today and better prepare for tomorrow through approximately 13,600 exclusive agencies and financial professionals in the U.S. and Canada. Customers can access Allstate products and services such as auto insurance and homeowners insurance through Allstate agencies, or in select states at and 1-800 Allstate®. EncompassSM and Deerbrook® Insurance brand property and casualty products are sold exclusively through independent agents. Allstate Financial Group provides life and supplemental accident and health insurance, annuity, banking and retirement products designed for individual, institutional and worksite customers that are distributed through Allstate agencies, independent agencies, financial institutions and broker-dealers.

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