Markel International, a subsidiary of the Markel Corporation, has appointed Louise Foley as head of marine and energy liability, and Holley Higgins as head of transport and logistics, both reporting to Andrew Carter, head of liability at Markel International.
Foley will hold responsibility for all marine liability and energy liability writings, as well as protection and indemnity.
She brings over eight years of underwriting experience at Markel International and was previously senior underwriter for liability.
Higgins’ role will include overseeing ports and terminals, marine trades, UK marine, cargo liability, and professional indemnity.
She has previously been a senior underwriter for ports and terminals, marine trades, and UK marine at Markel International, where she supported the marine liability team.
Galleon, the specialist MGA purchased by Markel in 2016, will be formally rebranded as Markel and included within cargo liability and the marine professional indemnity sub-classes, as part of the restructure.
Following both appointments, Simon Engelen will continue in his role as portfolio manager of liability at Markel International.
Carter commented: “The devolved and specialist teams will be empowered to make decisions, which will enable Markel International to maintain the high level of service it’s known for, while we continue growing in this space in the future. I’m delighted to appoint Louise and Holley, who have both been instrumental in our success so far.”
Foley said: “I have been with Markel for nearly a decade. During this time, I have seen our liability offering go from strength-to-strength. I am proud and delighted to head up Markel International’s new marine and energy liability team, as we continue to enhance our expertise, strengthen our leadership position, and deliver exceptional products and services.”
Higgins added: “The new structure marks a fundamental business change for us as a team, as we reflect on what we have achieved and plan for the future. I’m excited to take on this leadership role as we continue to grow and develop marine liability at Markel International.”