Our people

Markel is a diverse, global company. Diversity provides Markel with the ability to serve the needs of customers globally and makes us better business partners. Our diverse workforce enables Markel to make decisions and change course quickly, creatively and effectively, as defined in the Markel Style. At Markel, embracing people’s differences brings amazing results and fuels innovation.

#33 on A.M. Best’s top 75 North American public insurers
July 2019

Ward’s top 50 P&C insurers
July 2019

Insurance Post’s Customer Care Award
June 2019

#441 on Fortune 500
May 2019

2nd largest excess and surplus lines insurer
S&P Global Market Intelligence, April 2019

ChamberRVA’s Best Young Professional Workplace (large business category)
HYPE Icon Awards, April 2019

Top 25 US liability insurers
NAIC, March 2019

Insurance Business America’s Hot 100
December 2018

#295 on Forbes list of America’s top companies
June 2018

Most innovative carrier of the year
Plug and Play, 2018

BEAM (Black Engagement at Markel) - BEAM seeks to improve equity, education, and engagement among Black associates along with the greater Markel community.

Markel Women’s Network - Helping build, guide, and empower employees through education, community outreach, networking, and support.
Markel Veterans Program - Partnering with Operation Healing Forces to hire and train veterans to be part of our talented and high-performing team. 
Markel Asian Professionals network icon Markel Asian Professionals Network - A group striving to support the diverse and multicultural Asian and global community at Markel.

The Jitneys - A group striving to enhance interaction between newer associates and well established Markel professionals while exemplifying the Markel Style.
MNG Markel Next Generation Network - A group helping to provide an atmosphere in which people can reach their personal potential, building towards Markel International's continued success.

At Markel, we aim to create an environment where people are able to authentically bring their whole selves to work—a place where all ideas are heard, diverse perspectives are valued, and decisions are made on merit. When we achieve a fully diverse and inclusive culture, Markel will innovate faster, deliver a compelling employee and customer experience, and have a strong brand presence in the communities and markets where we do business. Ultimately, we focus on winning together. 

The Global Steering Committee

  • The Global Steering Committee comprises of management across Markel to represent various locations and functional areas. The intent of the committee is to set the strategic direction for Markel’s diversity and inclusion (D&I) efforts; to inform goals, policies, and operational decisions; communicate Markel’s D&I vision; to engage managers, sponsor employee resource groups, and inclusion networks; and champion Markel’s D&I initiatives.
  • The work of the steering committee spans five strategic priorities to:
    • Understand best practices
    • Build awareness
    • Engage employees
    • Involve leaders
    • Embed diversity and inclusion into our business and talent practices
  • In the spirit of "striving for a better way," we encourage employees to share any ideas or feedback through local networks or with a steering committee member.

Employee Engagement Survey

  • This bi-annual survey gives employees an opportunity to provide confidential feedback to Markel’s leadership and management teams on the company’s working environment and culture.

Dive In festival
An important celebration of the move towards a more diverse and inclusive insurance industry

#PressforProgress campaign
Discussion on the business case for diversity and inclusion

This Is Me campaign
Campaign to dispel myths, reduce the stigma, and raise awareness about mental health

Diversity and inclusion celebration
Panel discussion and reception celebrating all of Markel’s diversity groups

At Markel, we know that our employees are our greatest competitive advantage. Our employees enhance Markel’s ability to deliver and achieve business goals. We rely on the integrity, knowledge, skill, diversity, and teamwork of our employees across the globe, and we strive to attract and retain the best talent. We create an environment that enables our employees to fulfill their potential. At Markel, we reward our employees’ commitment and performance.

While specific compensation and benefits vary worldwide and are based on regional and industry practices, our rewards strategy is simple: to provide competitive compensation opportunities, solid benefit choices, and professional development opportunities.


Watch our Co-CEO Richie Whitt discuss helping employees achieve their potential within a diverse and inclusive environment.