updated 11/18/2010 4:15:22 AM ET 2010-11-18T09:15:22

HOUSTON, Nov. 17, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- HCC Insurance Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:HCC) today announced the appointment of Jonathan Lee to Vice President and Treasurer of the Company.

Mr. Lee has been with HCC for almost 15 years and has held various financial positions with the Company, most recently as Assistant Treasurer, Director of Investor Relations and Director of M&A. Mr. Lee holds a M.B.A. with a Finance concentration from the University of Houston C.T. Bauer College of Business, as well as a B.B.A. with a major in Finance and a minor in Economics from Stephen F. Austin State University.

"We are very pleased to announce Jonathan Lee's appointment as Vice President and Treasurer of HCC. Jonathan brings to the role extensive experience with HCC's global Treasury operations and a broad knowledge of HCC's business," said HCC Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer W. Tobin Whamond.

Headquartered in Houston, Texas, HCC Insurance Holdings, Inc. is a leading international specialty insurance group with offices across the United States and in the United Kingdom, Spain and Ireland. As of September 30, 2010, HCC had assets of $9.3 billion and shareholders' equity of $3.3 billion. HCC's major domestic and international insurance companies have a financial strength rating of "AA (Very Strong)" from Standard & Poor's Corporation. HCC's major domestic insurance companies have a financial strength rating of "AA (Very Strong)" from Fitch Ratings, "A1 (Good Security)" from Moody's Investors Service, Inc., and "A+ (Superior)" by A.M. Best Company, Inc.

For more information about HCC, please visit http://www.hcc.com .

Forward-looking statements contained in this press release are made under "safe harbor" provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and involve a number of risks and uncertainties. The types of risks and uncertainties which may affect the Company are set forth in its periodic reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission

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