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Progressive Leader Peter B. Lewis Dies at 80

Peter B. Lewis, who as CEO for 35 years (1965-2000) guided the massive growth and innovation at Progressive Corp., died Nov. 23 at the age of 80...
November 27, 2013

Peter LewisPeter B. Lewis, who as CEO for 35 years (1965-2000) guided the massive growth and innovation at Progressive Corp., died Nov. 23 at the age of 80. Lewis died of a heart attack at his home in Coconut Grove, Fla.

Lewis was CEO of the insurer, co-founded by his father, from 1965 until his retirement in 2000, but remained chairman of the board. Progressive Corp. says CEO Glenn M. Renwick will become chairman of the board of directors. He will continue to serve as the insurer’s president and CEO.

Mr. Lewis oversaw the transformation of a 100-employee company into a full-line auto insurer with 26,000 employees and annual sales of $17 billion. Today, under Renwick, Progressive is the nation’s fourth-largest auto insurer selling direct and through more than 35,000 independent agents.

Progressive Insurance is a member of The PIA Partnership, PIA National’s agency-company council.