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Markel Corporation Announces Two New Positions

RICHMOND, Va., Jan. 26 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Alan Kirshner, chairman of Markel Corporation, announced today the promotion of Britt Glisson to chief administrative officer of Markel Corporation. In that capacity, Mr. Glisson will be responsible for assuring efficient, cost effective operations for Markel Corporation in North America.

Mr. Glisson has been with Markel since 1990, first as chief financial officer and later as president and chief operating officer of Essex Insurance Company. In 1996, he became president/chief operating officer of Markel Insurance Company, the position he held just prior to his promotion. Mr. Glisson holds a B.S. degree in accounting from the University of Virginia.

Said Mr. Kirshner, "While at Markel, Britt has played an integral role in a number of initiatives that have helped us grow our business and streamline efficiencies. We are confident that his long-time operations experience and administrative background make him the ideal choice to lead our efforts as chief administrative officer."

Also today, Mr. Kirshner welcomed Mike Crowley who was newly appointed as president of Markel Corporation's Specialty Division. Just prior to joining Markel, Mr. Crowley was president of Willis HRH North America. Prior to Willis HRH he held senior positions with Johnson & Higgins and Palmer Cay. Mr. Crowley brings with him over 30 years experience in the insurance industry. He also holds a B.A. degree in business from Wake Forest University.

In his new position, Mr. Crowley will be responsible for Markel Corporation specialty insurance business, which includes Markel Insurance Company and Markel American Insurance Company. "With his knowledge of our industry and leadership experience, we look forward to the innovative perspective Mike will surely bring to his new position with Markel," said Mr. Kirshner.

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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SOURCE Markel Corporation 01/26/2009
CONTACT: Letha E. Heaton, 1-847-572-6250,
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or Miriam Balavender,
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Web Site: http://www.markelcorp.com/ (MKL)