Markel Corp.

Markel Corp.

Markel Corp.

Date Founded



4521 Highwoods Parkway,Glen Allen, VA 23060-6148

Type of Company


Employees (Worldwide)



Insurance: Property & Casualty
Accounting & Financial Services
Other Insurance Services
Insurance: Specialty

Company Description

Markel Corporation (MKL-NYSE) is a diverse financial holding company serving a variety of niche markets. Our principal business markets and underwrites specialty insurance products. In each of our businesses, we seek to provide quality products and excellent customer service so that we can be a market leader. Our financial goals are to earn consistent underwriting and operating profits and superior investment returns to build shareholder value. To reach our financial and operational goals, we must have extensive knowledge and expertise in our chosen markets. By focusing on the distinctive risk characteristics of our insureds, we have been able to identify a variety of niche markets where we can add value with our specialty product offerings. Examples of niche markets that we have targeted include: wind and earthquake exposed commercial properties, liability coverage for highly specialized professionals, horse mortality and other horse related risks, personal watercrafts, high-valued motorcycles, aviation and energy related activities. Our market strategy in each of these areas of specialization is tailored to the unique nature of the risk, coverage and services required by insureds. In each of our niche markets, we assign teams of experienced underwriters and claims specialists who can provide a full range of insurance services. By focusing on market niches where we have underwriting expertise, we seek to earn consistent underwriting profits. Underwriting profits are a key component of our strategy. We believe that the ability to achieve consistent underwriting profits demonstrates knowledge and expertise, commitment to superior customer service and the ability to manage insurance risk.

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Executives & Employees

Director & Co-Chief Executive Officer

Co-Chief Executive Officer

Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer

Chief Risk Officer

Senior Vice President, Chief Legal Officer & Secretary

Chief Accounting Officer

President & Chief Administrative Officer, Insurance Operations

Senior Director, Marketing & Talent

Senior Director, Business Development, West Region

Senior Director, Marketing, Northeast Region

Board of Directors

Professional at Markel Corp.

Vice Chairman at Markel Corp.

Former Managing Partner at Ernst & Young LLP

Founder at Localweather.Com

Director & Co-Chief Executive Officer at Markel Corp.

Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer at Dominion Energy, Inc.

Former Chief Financial Officer at KPMG LLP

Secretary, Senior Vice President & General Counsel at Celanese Corporation

Co-Chief Executive Officer at Markel Corp.

Former Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer at Best Products Co., Inc.

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Akre Capital Management aims to compound their investors’ capital at above-average rates of return over extended periods of time, while incurring a below-average level of risk. Their overall investment approach involves long-term investments in equity securities through fundamental, bottom-up analysis. The firm’s equity strategy focuses on a broad range of equity investment styles, including growth, core and value, as well as portfolios designed to be style-neutral. Akre Capital Management typically buys securities and holds them for a relatively longer period of time, regardless of short-term factors such as fluctuations in the market or volatility of the stock price. Investments may include, but are not limited to, mid-cap and small-cap securities.

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Recent Transactions
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Markel Corp., Markel Ventures, Inc. purchase Lansing Building Products LLC

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Markel Corp., Markel Ventures, Inc. purchase VSC Fire & Security, Inc.

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Markel Corp. purchases Caunce O'Hara & Co., Ltd. from RSA Insurance Group Plc

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Managing Director at Cushman & Wakefield of Illinois, Inc.


Director at Springfield Riverfront Development Corp.


Former Chief Administrative Officer at Markel Corp.


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Awards & Honors
Rank #476
Fortune Magazine - Fortune 1000 Companies
Sponsored by Fortune Magazine
Rank #476
Fortune Magazine - Fortune 500 Companies
Sponsored by Fortune Magazine
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