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Allstate hires new roadside services president

By Allstate Corp. standards, it's small — $602 million in annual premiums for a property and casualty insurer that last year generated almost $30 billion selling mostly auto and home coverage to consumers. But premiums of the Northbrook-based insurer's "other business lines" rose 30 percent in 2013 from the previous year. Among the reasons: "new and expanded partnerships where Allstate Roadside Services provides roadside assistance to the partners' customer base," the company said in its annual report. Last year, for example, Allstate Roadside struck a deal with General Motors to provide services for eligible GM vehicles. Late last month, Pam...