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Markel International appoints Carys Lawton-Bryce as Chief Operating Officer and to the ExCo

LONDON, Jan. 11, 2023 -- Markel International a subsidiary of Markel Corporation (NYSE: MKL) today announces the promotion of Carys Lawton-Bryce to chief operating officer, subject to regulatory approval, as well her addition to the Executive Committee (ExCo) for the international business, with immediate effect.

Reporting to Simon Wilson, president of the international division of Markel, Lawton-Bryce will be responsible for the build-out, strategy and day-to-day management of an operations function that will take a holistic view over the business’ wholesale and national markets divisions, as well as the shared services that support them.

Bringing 17 years of experience in the insurance industry, Lawton-Bryce is a respected leader who has held roles across operations, change and IT. She started her career at Lloyd’s in the international operations team, where she was instrumental in the establishment of Lloyd’s China, as well as the development of other platforms across Asia.

Most recently, she was head of pricing for the ERS Motor Syndicate for two years, working with the actuarial and IT teams. Prior to that, she spent six years as head of change and IT at CNA Hardy, where she was in charge of the delivery of several strategic initiatives including the integration of the Hardy Managing Agency into the wider CNA Group.

Since joining Markel as wholesale operations director, in August 2021, Lawton-Bryce’s focus has been on building out operational capabilities including underwriting and claims tools, delivering a data strategy and working with partners to develop digital distribution platforms, relevant to the London market.

Commenting on the appointment, Wilson said: “The need for a dedicated COO reflects the exciting growth and bright future of our international business and we can think of no one better to fulfil the role than Carys.

We have seen substantial expansion at the international level over the past few years, and with this, comes greater complexity but also opportunities that we can harness. As we grow and scale, making the right investments in our processes, data and technology will be a crucial factor in achieving our goal of being the leading global specialty insurer. As the international COO, Carys will lead our drive towards operational excellence.

In her relatively short time at Markel, Carys has proved herself to be invaluable. I look forward to seeing what she can achieve next, with her expanded remit and in her well-deserved place on the ExCo, to which she will bring a fresh and innovative perspective and a skill set that enhances and complements its existing make-up.”

About Markel

Markel Corporation is a diverse financial holding company serving a variety of niche markets. The company's principal business markets and underwrites specialty insurance products. In each of the Company's businesses, it 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 and operating profits and superior investment returns to build shareholder value. Markel® is a registered trademark of the Markel Corporation.


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