ARLINGTON, Va. --- The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has elected Gary Kusumi, president and CEO of GMAC Insurance Personal Lines, as new chairman of the Institute's board of directors. Kusumi succeeds Richard R. McLaughlin Jr., vice president of Amica Mutual Insurance. McLaughlin served as IIHS chairman during 2006 and will continue to serve as a member of the board. "I look forward to working with this board and my colleagues in the important endeavor of making our highways safer," Kusumi said. Institute President Adrian Lund added: "Gary's strong leadership will help us continue to build on our successful research and crash test programs in 2007." The new chairman-elect is Brian V. Boyden, executive vice president of State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Co. Serving as vice chairman is Gregory V. Ostergren, chairman, president, and CEO of American National Property & Casualty Companies.

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