Markel Corporation is bringing on a former Chubb executive as part of a broader revamp of its leadership structure to boost growth and increase products and services.
Robert Cox will join Markel in the newly created position of president and chief operating officer, insurance operations. In his new role, Cox will focus on integrating Markel’s insurance operations, overseeing the company’s insurance divisions including Markel Assurance, Markel Specialty and Markel International, in addition to sales and marketing.
Cox will report to Richie Whitt, co-chief executive officer, who said in prepared remarks that Cox “will be a tremendous asset” to Markel and help to grow its insurance operations.
Cox, a 35-year insurance industry veteran, was previously executive vice president and chief operating officer for Chubb, where he led Chubb Specialty Insurance’s global operations. During his career, he held several executive positions and has extensive experience in all areas of specialty and commercial property/casualty insurance and working in multiple distribution channels worldwide.
Markel also announced the promotions of Brad Kiscaden to president and chief administrative officer and Bryan Sanders to president, U.S. Insurance.
All leadership changes will be effective Sept. 5, 2018.
Kiscaden has been executive vice president and chief actuarial officer at Markel since 2012. He joined Markel in 1986 and has served in a variety of leadership positions. In his new role, Kiscaden will continue to report to Whitt and oversee global actuarial operations, catastrophe management, information technology, information management, underwriting product line leadership and claims.
Sanders has been president of the Markel Assurance division since 2017. Prior to Markel Assurance’s 2017 launch, he was president, Markel Wholesale. In his new role, Sanders will report to Cox and oversee the Markel Assurance and Markel Specialty divisions. He has more than 36 years of industry experience, and he joined Markel in 2013 as part of the Alterra acquisition. He has held leadership positions with Alterra Specialty, Max Specialty, Hilb Rogal and Hobbs (HRH) Company, and MacDuff Underwriters Inc.
As a team, Cox, president and COO; Kiscaden, president and CAO; Sanders, president, U.S. Insurance; and William Stovin, president, Markel International, will provide executive leadership and oversight of insurance operations.