Markel Promotes Mike Scyphers to Chief Information Officer

          Markel Promotes Mike Scyphers to Chief Information Officer

PR Newswire

RICHMOND, Va., March 21, 2013

RICHMOND, Va., March 21, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Markel Corporation (NYSE: MKL)
announced today that Mike Scyphers has been promoted to Chief Information
Officer. Mike is an information technology industry veteran with 23 years of
experience who has been employed with Markel since 2009. Since joining Markel,
Mike has served as technology lead for Markel Wholesale. He reports to Brad
Kiscaden, Executive Vice President - Actuarial, IT & Information Management,
and is based in Richmond.

"Mike has done an impressive job focusing on managing costs and delivering
projects on time and on budget. He has energized our IT team, successfully
instituted a new governance structure, and is now starting to fortify our
technology infrastructure in a scalable way," stated Brad.

Richie Whitt, President and Co-Chief Operating Officer of Markel, added, "Mike
is the kind of results-oriented, live within your means, imagine the
possibilities kind of leader we need. His skills and passion will serve us
well as we continue to grow and leverage information to our advantage in all
facets of our business."

Mike worked previously for the National Cancer Institute, Signet Bank, Circuit
City, and JP Morgan Chase.

About Markel Corporation

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. Visit Markel Corporation on the web at

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Contact: Bruce Kay, +1-804-747-0136
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