Date: 04/11/2015

Markel new business development director appointed in China

Markel International, Shanghai, November 4, 2015 --- Markel International, the specialist insurer, announced today that Helena Zhang has been appointed as business development director of the Markel underwriting division of Lloyd’s China, based in Shanghai.

Helena joins from Cooper Gay & Co in Shanghai where, since 2005, she was chief representative and a member of Cooper Gay Asia executive production committee. She has over 20 years’ experience in the insurance industry in China and has an extensive network amongst the Chinese cedant companies.

Reporting to Hu Qianhai, who was appointed last month to head up the Markel underwriting division in China, Helena will play a key role in developing new business and ensuring that its appetite is well known and understood amongst the broker and cedant communities.

Matt Cannock, managing director Asia said: “We are incredibly excited to have somebody of Helena’s experience, network and energy join the division. Combining her proven businesses networking and marketing skills with Qianhai’s strong strategic direction and underwriting expertise, will give us a uniquely strong team in Shanghai and we look forward to playing our part in this exciting market.”


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