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Markel accelerates North American Fine Art ambitions with key industry hire


LONDON, June 13, 2024 /PRNewswire/ -- Markel, the insurance operations within Markel Group Inc. (NYSE: MKL), today announced it has appointed Kyle McGrath as its Head of Fine Art ? North America, with immediate effect.

Kyle McGrath, Head of Fine Art - North America, Markel

In her new role, McGrath will be responsible for leading Markel's Fine Art business in North America, and driving the strategic, profitable expansion of this class of business. As part of this, she will be tasked with developing the regional underwriting strategy, product offering and regional footprint, working closely with Markel's Fine Art underwriting team in the US.

Operating from Markel's New York office, McGrath will report to Dan McCarthy, Director of Marine at Markel in London.

McCarthy commented: "The global fine art insurance market is expanding, driven largely by an increase in the individual and institutional collector base in the US. Meanwhile, rising art valuations and a changing risk landscape for collectors make having the right risk and insurance partner more important than ever before. I'm therefore delighted to welcome Kyle to Markel. Her knowledge and experience of working in the fine art insurance market will be of enormous benefit to our existing clients as we support them in meeting their specific risk(s) and insurance needs."

McCarthy added: "At the same time, we see significant potential for profitable growth in this space. I'm confident that Kyle has the right leadership qualities to develop our regional Fine Art team and insurance offering and enhance our reputation as we look to become a leading Fine Art and Specie insurer in North America."

McGrath, who joins Markel's expanding North American Fine Art business, brings with her more than 12 years of experience of working in the insurance industry, working across underwriting, business strategy and broking. She joins from Private Client Select (formerly AIG Private Client Group), where she spent three years as Vice President ? Head of Fine Art and Collections for the insurer's private client group, working out of New York. Prior to that, McGrath spent seven years at AXA XL, working in various senior roles in the organisation's North American Fine Art and Specie team and global chief underwriting office.

About Markel

We are Markel, a leading global specialty insurer with a truly people-first approach. As the insurance operations within Markel Group Inc. (NYSE: MKL), we operate the Markel Specialty, Markel International, and Markel Global Reinsurance divisions, as well as State National, our portfolio protection and program services operations, and Nephila, our insurance-linked securities operations. Our broad array of capabilities and expertise allow us to create intelligent solutions for the most complex risk management needs. However, it is our people ? and the deep, valued relationships they develop with colleagues, brokers and clients ? that differentiates us worldwide.

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