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Markel Corporation Announces Election of New Director

RICHMOND, Va., Feb. 22 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Markel Corporation (NYSE: MKL) announced today the election of Lemuel E. Lewis to its Board of Directors.

Mr. Lewis retired from Landmark Communications, Inc. in July 2006, after over 26 years' service with that company. He was Landmark's Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer from January 2000 until his retirement and remains a member of Landmark's Board of Directors. He is also currently serving as Deputy Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond.

Alan I. Kirshner, Chairman of Markel's Board of Directors, said: "We are excited that Lem Lewis has chosen to join our Board. We look forward to having his counsel and the benefit of his experience."

Markel Corporation markets and underwrites specialty insurance products and programs for 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.

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CONTACT: Bruce A. Kay of Markel Corporation, +1-804-965-1720
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