Markel names Kelly Castriotta as MD for global cyber underwriting

She replaces Kara Owens, who decided to leave Markel

Markel Corporation has announced that Kelly Castriotta has been appointed managing director, global cyber underwriting executive. 

Castriotta joined Markel in 2020 to help “strengthen cyber underwriting best practices” and lead various non-affirmative cyber initiatives at Markel. She replaces Kara Owens, who decided to leave Markel. 

Castriotta has a “multifaceted background” spanning more than 15 years in underwriting, products, operations, claims, and litigation. 

Before joining Markel, she held senior positions at Allianz as head of product development for financial lines and the head of cyber, tech, and media underwriting. 

In 2018, she led one of the industry’s first implementations of “silent cyber” solutions by creating new products, training tools, and operational roadmaps for all internal disciplines as well as external trading partners.

Robin Russo, executive vice president and chief underwriting officer, said: “The current environment dictates the need for a highly technical leader who is energetic, agile, and deliberate.

“Kelly is a collaborative leader with fluency across disciplines and product lines and proven expertise in completing aspirational initiatives within complex global organisations.”

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