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Markel Corporation Announces Resignation of Paul W. Springman

RICHMOND, Va., Dec 22, 2009 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX/ -- Markel Corporation (NYSE: MKL) announced today that Paul W. Springman, who has been on a leave of absence since late October, has resigned as the corporation's President and Chief Operating Officer effective January 1, 2010 to pursue other interests.

Alan I. Kirshner, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, said: "We appreciate the contributions Paul Springman has made in over 25 years of service to Markel and wish him well in his future endeavors."

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.

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