Markel Corporation Names Jon Kirchner Chief Executive Office.

28 November, 2018

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Markel Corporation Names Jon Kirchner Chief Executive Office

PLYMOUTH MEETING, Pa.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Markel Corporation, the leading industrial technology manufacturing company making fluoropolymer-based products, today announced that Jon Kirchner has been appointed Chief Executive Officer. Since joining Markel in July 2018 in an interim capacity, Kirchner has repositioned the organization to be customer-first, focused squarely on elevating manufacturing operations and expanding the product portfolio to meet the needs of Markel’s global customer base.

“We believe Jon is the best choice to lead Markel in the next phase of its life cycle.”

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To this role, Kirchner brings leadership and business transformation experience across global organizations in the engineering, critical infrastructure, satellite and aerospace industries. A proponent of data analytics, applied Industrial Automation, and Industrial Internet of Things (IoT) thinking, he will apply these concepts to accelerate Markel’s path to growth through enhanced manufacturing operations and a strong commitment to superior product quality, for both new and existing products.

“I am thrilled to formally join the Markel team at such a transformational moment for the organization,” said Kirchner. “Markel has long been recognized as an industry leader in fluoropolymer-based products and it is my goal to further extend that innovation to new product categories. We have a talented internal team, and I hope to instill an invigorated sense of ownership, purpose and accountability to ensure that we create sustainable change and cultural transformation.”

Headquartered in Pennsylvania, the company is a subsidiary of Alliance Holdings and 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 transportation, wastewater separation and filtration, aerospace and telecommunications 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.

“Since bringing Jon on board as interim-CEO, our team has been highly impressed with his ability to quickly grasp the intricacies of the Markel business, and to impart his leadership style on the team,” said Ken Wanko, Chief Executive Officer at Alliance Holdings. “We believe Jon is the best choice to lead Markel in the next phase of its life cycle.”

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


Lauren O’Leary
PR for Markel Corporation

Company: Alliance Holdings, Inc.
Job: Chief Executive Officer-Markel
Cand: Kirchner, Jonathan