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Markel announces senior appointments across global strategy & national markets team

October 21, 2019

Specialist (re)insurer, Markel International has named Simon Wilson as managing executive of global strategy for insurance operations, Markel Corporation. Additionally, Henrik Bjornstad will assume the role of managing director of Markel International’s national markets division, effective 1 January 2020.

Wilson, who is based in Richmond Virginia, will be responsible for the global strategy teams in both Richmond and London, He will also remain on the Markel International Board.

He will report to Robert Cox, president and chief operating officer for insurance operations, Markel Corporation.

Meanwhile, Bjornstad will be based out of the London office and report into William Stovin, president of Markel International. He currently serves head of strategy for insurance operations, Markel Corporation.

Additionally, John Enright has been appointed head of strategy for Markel International, assuming responsibility of the strategy team based in London, reporting to Wilson.

Commenting on the appointments, Stovin said: “Simon has excelled in every role he has taken on since joining Markel in 2010. Under his management over the last five years, the national markets division has become a fast-growing and profitable multi-national enterprise and so we look forward to seeing his achievements in this new global role, with John on the ground in London, to support.”

“Henrik has done an outstanding job of setting up and developing an invaluable strategy function for Markel and we’ve no doubt that with his new focus on national markets the division will continue to grow.”

Bellamy added: “I am excited to join Fidelis and continue to build on Fidelis’ success by further expanding its property treaty reinsurance book in London, complementing Fidelis’ portfolio across the group.”