The chosen appointee has proven herself to be ‘invaluable’ during her time at the business

Markel International – a subsidiary of Markel Corporation – has today (11 January 2022) promoted wholesale operations director Carys Lawton-Bryce to the role of chief operating officer, subject to regulatory approval.

The appointee has also joined Markel International’s executive committee with immediate effect.

Lawton-Bryce brings 17 years of insurance industry experience to the team, having begun her career at Lloyd’s in its international operations team before moving on to the role of head of change and IT at commercial insurance provider CNA Hardy.

Prior to joining Markel International, she served as head of pricing at specialist motor insurer ERS.

In her new role, Lawton-Bryce will be responsible for the build-out, strategy and day-to-day management of the business’ wholesale and national markets division.

She will report to Simon Wilson, president of the international division of Markel.


Wilson said: “The need for a dedicated chief operating officer reflects the exciting growth and bright future of our international business and we can think of no one better to fulfil the role than Carys.

“We have seen substantial expansion at the international level over the past few years and with this comes greater complexity, but also opportunities that we can harness.

“As we grow and scale, making the right investments in our processes, data and technology will be a crucial factor in achieving our goal of being the leading global specialty insurer.

“As the international chief operating officer, Carys will lead our drive towards operational excellence.

“In her relatively short time at Markel, Carys has proved herself to be invaluable. I look forward to seeing what she can achieve next, with her expanded remit and in her well-deserved place on the [executive committee], to which she will bring a fresh and innovative perspective and a skill set that enhances and complements its existing make-up.”

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