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Markel Announces Death of Leslie A. Grandis

RICHMOND, Va., April 1, 2009 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX/ -- Markel Corporation (NYSE: MKL) announced the death of Leslie A. Grandis, a member of its Board of Directors. Mr. Grandis had been a member of the Company's Board of Directors since 1987 and served on its Nominating/Corporate Governance and Compensation Committees.

Alan I. Kirshner, Markel's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, said: "We have had the benefit of Les Grandis' experience, insight and counsel as an attorney and a member of our Board of Directors for over 20 years. We are grateful for his service to the Company and his contributions to our growth, and we will miss him. We extend our sympathy to his family."

Markel Corporation markets and underwrites specialty insurance products and programs to a variety of niche markets. In each of these markets, the Company seeks to provide quality products and excellent customer service so that it can be a market leader. The financial goals of the Company are to earn consistent underwriting profits and superior investment returns to build shareholder value.

SOURCE Markel Corporation