Seasoned Product Management and Marketing Executive Joins Markel Corporation

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Markel Corporation, the leading industrial technology manufacturing company making fluoropolymer-based products, today announced John Coogan as the company’s Head of Product Management and Marketing. In this newly defined role, Coogan leads all strategic product and marketing efforts, with an emphasis on market growth and profit optimization. He is focused on identifying new opportunities to expand the product set to meet customer needs across a variety of industries.

Coogan joins Markel from The Neat Company where, in his role as Director of Product Management, he redefined the market strategy and product roadmap to bolster the company's strategic pivot from hardware devices to Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) small business solutions. In prior roles, Coogan was a product management and marketing leader at several business-to-business (B2B) and business-to-consumer (B2C) technology companies including Universal Instruments Corp., Motorola Inc. and CertainTeed Corporation.

“Finding a product leader was one of my highest priorities when defining Markel’s strategic plan and direction,” said Jon Kirchner, President and Chief Executive Officer at Markel Corporation. “Finding one with John’s credentials and experience was spot-on for our needs and opportunities. A practitioner in the industries in which we serve and partner, he is uniquely adept at understanding our customers’ challenges and needs. John has had a big impact on our business in a very short period of time with his approach to customer and market engagement.”

Headquartered in Pennsylvania, the company is a subsidiary of Alliance Holdings and is an employee-owned business. Markel is an industrial technology manufacturing company making PTFE and other fluoropolymer-based products for global customers in the automotive, heavy machinery, transportation, aerospace, electronics, telecommunications, chemical separation and fluid filtration industries. A pioneer in the use of high-performance fluoropolymer solutions, Markel has combined proprietary manufacturing processes and patented technology to become a solution-oriented partner to a global customer base.

“Markel is best known for delivering high quality, fluoropolymer-based cable and wiring solutions to the automotive industry, but that just scratches the surface of what we offer from a total portfolio perspective,” said Coogan. “In addition to automotive, our product offerings address critical needs across many other industries and end-product applications. Our goal is to grow our core business with best-in-class products, while concurrently expanding to emerging markets by leveraging our core competencies.”

About Markel Corporation:

Markel Corporation reimagines manufacturing. Established in 1922, Markel Corporation is an industrial technology manufacturing company making PTFE and fluoropolymer-based products with a long legacy of product innovation with more than 50 patents. Known for exceptional customer service, Markel serves customers in over 20 countries, from its corporate headquarters in Plymouth Meeting, PA, and dedicated locations across Europe and Asia. For more information, visit www.markelcorporation.com.

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Business Wire: 15:16 GMT Wednesday 15th May 2019

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