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COUNTRY Financial® CEO Kurt Bock announces retirement

Kurt Bock will retire as chief executive officer from COUNTRY Financial effective Jan. 31, after serving seven years. A search for his successor is under way.

As CEO, Bock led COUNTRY Financial through changes focused on increasing digital capabilities, customer centricity and employee development. During his tenure, he led the maturation of company strategy, the transition of regulatory oversight from the Federal Reserve and development of future capabilities in analytics and business intelligence. In addition, Bock led the mergers of Cotton States Mutual Insurance companies and MiddleOak Insurance companies into COUNTRY Financial.

During his tenure at COUNTRY Financial, Bock has served as a member of the Department of the Treasury’s Federal Advisory Committee on Insurance, testified to both the House Financial Services Sub-Committee on Housing and Insurance and the Senate Sub-Committee on Securities, Insurance, and Investment and presented to the National Association of Insurance Commissioners. He currently serves as the Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America.

Prior to serving as CEO for COUNTRY Financial, Bock served as the chief executive officer of the IAA Credit Union from 2003 to 2005, treasurer of COUNTRY Financial and the Illinois Agricultural Association (IAA) from 2005 to 2008 and chief operating officer of Horizon Hobby from 2008 until 2012. Bock served in the U.S. Air Force for 28 years, attaining the rank of colonel.

Bock earned a Bachelor’s of Science from the U.S. Air Force Academy, master’s degree in business administration from Southern Illinois University and a doctorate of philosophy in business administration from Saint Louis University.

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