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Markel Corporation Names New Vice President of Manufacturing Operations to Drive Lean Six Sigma Change

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, the leading industrial technology manufacturing company
making fluoropolymer-based
, today announced that Rick Kreppel has joined the team as
Vice President of Manufacturing Operations. A strategic leader in
engineering and operations management, Kreppel is an expert in Lean Six
Sigma manufacturing, based on the Toyota Production System, and has
earned the Six Sigma Black Belt certification.

Kreppel comes to Markel as an experienced operational leader across many
industries, including medical device, microelectronics and
telecommunications. Prior to joining Markel, Kreppel led a team of 300
as Vice President of Operations, inclusive of in-house manufacturing, at
Globus Medical. In this role, he established new methodologies for
continuous improvement and new product process development, and was
responsible for growing revenues and EBITDA. Before that, he led
operations and engineering teams at Handy & Harman Corporation, UTI
Corporation, Synthes and the General Electric Company, where he received
his certification as a Six Sigma Black Belt.

“Working across different industries, I’ve learned that while the
end-product may be different, the process to deliver that product is
often quite similar,” said Kreppel. “I’ve spent my career perfecting
that operational process, centered around high performance teams. I
believe you need to connect the right people with the right process to
create the optimal environment for success, which I define as every
member of the team taking responsibility and ownership of product
quality, efficiency and successful delivery.”

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

“We are in the midst of a cultural shift here at Markel, which is
founded upon our intimate understanding of market needs, combined with a
Lean Six Sigma-based approach to operations and delivery,” said Jon
Kirchner, President and Chief Executive Officer at Markel Corporation.
“One of the things that impresses me the most about Rick is his passion
for these foundational elements. His commitment to eliminating waste and
continuous improvement in manufacturing is critical to first, achieving
these aims, and next, to bolstering our customer relationships and our

About Markel

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