Kara Owens

Managing Director, Global Cyber Underwriting Executive

Kara graduated magna cum laude from Temple University where she majored in risk management, insurance and marketing.  She holds her RPLU, CPCU, ARe and ARM designations.

Kara joined Markel in March of 2018 and serves as the Managing Director for Global Cyber Underwriting.  In this role, Kara is responsible for establishing and leading Markel’s cyber market strategy and working with cyber underwriters across the company to achieve growth and profit initiatives. She is in charge of developing best practices for cyber underwriting and reinsurance strategies worldwide in all Markel divisions.

Kara has more than 10 years in the insurance industry and her most recent position was at TransRe where she was the Global Head of Cyber Risk. Prior to TransRe, Kara was a broker at Guy Carpenter.  She was awarded with NetDiligence’s Toby Merrill Rising Star award in 2018 as well as the Norman Baglini Outstanding Risk Management Alum Award from Temple University in 2019.  Kara is active in the Advancement of Professional Insurance Women (APIW) where she serves on the Board.  She also serves as a mentor for St. John’s University and Temple University risk management students. Kara is a frequent speaker at technology conferences, insurance conferences and universities.