Markel Canada Appoints President

David A. Crozier named president of Markel Canada

Toronto, ON (Mar. 27, 2018) – Markel International, the specialist insurer, has appointed David A. Crozier to be president of Markel Canada, its business which operates across the country, with offices in Toronto, Montreal, Calgary and Vancouver. David will take up his position at the beginning of 2019 and is expected to join Markel in the middle of this year.

His appointment follows the retirement of Karen Barkley at the end of the year. Completing a 40 year career in the insurance industry Karen has held positions at Zurich, AIG, CIGNA, president of ACE INA Insurance, and a past chair of the Insurance Institute of Canada.

David joins Markel from Everest Insurance Company of Canada, where he was president and chief executive officer, having previously been senior vice president, operations, for Economical Mutual Insurance Company. Prior to that, he held a number of positions at Chubb Insurance Company of Canada, latterly as vice president, Prairies.

Reporting to Simon Wilson, managing director, national markets, David will be responsible for the strategic direction and development of Markel’s Canadian business. Simon said: “David will develop Markel’s position in Canada as the go to name for specialty insurance, building on the great foundations established by Karen, and opening up the Markel global product portfolio to the Canadian market.”

William Stovin, president, Markel International, said: “Over the last five years, Karen has delivered a number of key achievements supporting the future of our business. As well as overseeing impressive growth, she has turned the former Elliott Special Risks from an MGA into a fully- fledged insurance company and built a strong and effective team around her, who will feature in our continued success. She leaves with our thanks and our best wishes.”

About Markel International

Markel International Limited is a subsidiary of Markel Corporation, a US-based holding company trading on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: MKL). Markel International writes insurance and reinsurance business through six divisions and through offices across the UK, Europe, Canada, Latin America and Asia Pacific. Markel International’s insuring entities include Syndicate 3000, Markel Resseguradora do Brasil S.A. and Markel International Insurance Company Limited. Markel International also manages the business of Abbey Protection Group which provides legal and professional fees insurance cover as well as legal and tax consultancy services. For more information please visit us at

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