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Markel Appoints John Latham Managing Director, Regional Wholesale Operations

RICHMOND, Va., Jan 11, 2010 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Markel Corporation (NYSE: MKL) announced today that it has promoted John K. Latham to managing director, regional wholesale operations. John will oversee Markel's regional offices located in Virginia, Texas, Arizona, California, Illinois and New Jersey. In addition to his new role, he will continue to oversee the Southeast Region headquartered in Richmond, VA.

Mr. Latham has 43 years of experience in the insurance industry and he has been with Markel for the past seven years where he has held several leadership roles including president of Markel Re and chief information officer. Prior to joining Markel, he was president and chief executive of Colony Insurance Companies.

"I have every confidence that with John's strong leadership and extensive insurance experience, he will ensure that our wholesale partners continue to see the success and benefits from Markel's regional model," said Tony Markel, vice chairman of Markel. "With John's direction in partnership with the regional leadership team, it will enable us to build even stronger relationships, provide superior service and products, and grow profitably with our partners."

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