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Press Release

For Immediate Release
May 14, 2013

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Communications Office
(603)271-2121

Governor Hassan to Reappoint Insurance Commissioner, Appoint Commissioner of Information Technology to Full Term
Sevigny and Hastings to Continue Efforts to Protect Consumers, Foster Innovation

CONCORD - In order to protect consumers and encourage innovation in state government, Governor Maggie Hassan announced today that she will reappoint Roger Sevigny to continue serving as New Hampshire's Insurance Commissioner and appoint current Acting Commissioner of the Department of Information Technology Peter Hastings to a full term as Commissioner.

Originally appointed by Governor Craig Benson, Sevigny has led the Department of Insurance since 2003, where he has worked to protect consumers, strengthen New Hampshire's insurance market, and improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the department's regulatory efforts. Sevigny, of Manchester, who received his B.A. from St. Anselm College, is also a veteran and retired Army Colonel.

"For nearly a decade, Roger Sevigny has worked to protect consumers and improve the health of New Hampshire's residents by providing appropriate oversight of New Hampshire's insurance market," Governor Hassan said. "Commissioner Sevigny's continued service will be invaluable as we work to leverage the tools provided by the federal Affordable Care Act to expand health coverage to more families while strengthening our economy and improving the quality of insurance products."

"It is an honor to serve the people of New Hampshire, and I look forward to continue working with Governor Hassan to improve and enhance insurance coverage for all Granite Staters," Commissioner Sevigny said.

Peter Hastings, of Derry, has served as Acting Commissioner of the Department of Information Technology (DoIT) since October, 2012, where he has worked across state agencies and branches of government to enhance IT solutions and improve the efficiency of state services. Hastings has served in various positions at DoIT since 2007 and has more than 22 years of experience in the information technology field.

"Ensuring high-quality IT services is critical for effectively meeting the needs of our citizens in the Information Age," Governor Hassan said. "Peter Hastings brings decades of experience to his leadership of DoIT that will help us increase efficiency and innovation in state government in order to better serve people and businesses throughout New Hampshire."

"I thank Governor Hassan for the responsibility and trust she has placed in me, and I am excited to tackle the challenges and maximize the opportunities of 21st century technology to help implement her vision for a more innovative New Hampshire," Hastings said.

Both nominations are subject to confirmation by the Executive Council. Governor Hassan will formally make the nominations to the Council at Wednesday's meeting.