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Markel Issues Statement on Markel CATCo

RICHMOND, Va., Jan. 18, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Markel Corporation (NYSE: MKL) said today that effective immediately, Anthony Belisle, Markel CATCo Chief Executive Officer and Alissa Fredricks, Markel CATCo Chief Executive Officer – Bermuda are no longer with the company.

As previously announced, after being notified of governmental inquiries into loss reserves recorded in late 2017 and early 2018 at Markel CATCo Investment Management Ltd and its subsidiaries (Markel CATCo), Markel Corporation (Markel) engaged outside counsel to conduct an internal review. During the course of the internal review, Markel discovered violations by Mr. Belisle and Ms. Fredricks of Markel policies relating to an undisclosed personal relationship, and prompt action was taken. The internal review relating to loss reserving continues with no conclusions reached at this time.

Effective immediately, management and oversight of Markel CATCo, which includes approximately 25 employees, will be provided by Jed Rhoads, President and Chief Underwriting Officer, Markel Global Reinsurance, and Andrew "Barney" Barnard, Senior Managing Director, Head of International Property Catastrophe and Retro Reinsurance at Markel Global Reinsurance. Markel will commence a search for Markel CATCo's new Chief Executive Officer.


Jed Rhoads

Jed leads Markel's treaty and facultative reinsurance business with teams focused on property, casualty, specialty, and public entity risk solutions from offices located in the US, Bermuda, and the UK. He joined Markel in 2013, when Markel acquired Alterra Capital Holdings Limited in Bermuda. Over the course of his career, Jed has held senior positions with Harbor Point Re, Chubb Re Bermuda, Overseas Partners Limited Bermuda, and Stockton Re Limited Bermuda.

Andrew "Barney" Barnard

Barney leads the international property team. His responsibilities include Markel's catastrophe and retro reinsurance products. He is based in Bermuda. Prior to joining Markel, Barney was Senior Vice President with Alterra Capital Holdings Limited. Barney's underwriting and business development career has included positions with White Mountains Re, Willis Re, Gerling Global London Market, and Eagle Star Re.

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