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Markel Gets the Right Stuff

David Egbert's 26 years as an IT professional have brought him through many industries and many companies with global IT operations serving decentralized business environments. Egbert believes that experience will pay off as he takes on the role of chief information officer at Richmond, Va.-based P&C holding company Markel Corp. ($2.3 billion in written premium). "Markel has been very successful in niche businesses, and the business model that I have been successful in within many corporations has been very similar," he explains.

Egbert, who came to Markel in April as CTO, says his short-term goal is to confer with his colleagues in the company's leadership to plan ways that the technology organization can support growth. "A challenge within niche markets is that the systems and software on the market may not be a natural fit for our business," he says. "My objective is to understand where we want to go with the business in that regard, and then look at both strengthening existing systems and looking for opportunities to leverage commonality across business units."

Distributor connectivity will also be a focus area, including getting a broader view of how distributors do business across the Markel enterprise, and providing them increased access via Web portals, according to Egbert.

Anthony O'Donnell has covered technology in the insurance industry since 2000, when he joined the editorial staff of Insurance & Technology. As an editor and reporter for I&T and the InformationWeek Financial Services of TechWeb he has written on all areas of information ... View Full Bio

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