QBE Insurance Group Board Chairman W. Marston Becker to Share Insights on Leadership

Monday, January 30, 2017

W. Marston (Marty) Becker, board chairman of QBE Insurance Group headquartered in Sydney, Australia, will speak on “Leadership in Today’s World” at UNCW on Feb. 7. His presentation is part of the Chancellor’s Distinguished Lecture Series, created in 2016 to bring top executives, government officials, academic professionals and nationally recognized speakers to the UNCW campus. The series is designed to bring leaders who can serve as role models for students and provide informative lectures on topics related to values, hard work and leadership skills.

“One of the goals of our Strategic Plan is to prepare students for post-graduation success. Marty Becker’s extensive global expertise is an invaluable resource for students,” said Chancellor Jose V. Sartarelli. “It is an honor to welcome him to UNCW to share his perspectives on leadership.”

Writing more than $15 billion in premiums through operations on five continents, Becker is a seasoned insurance executive with a career that spans 35 years in leadership roles principally as chairman or chief executive officer for publicly traded and private insurance, reinsurance and insurance brokerage organizations. Most recently, he was CEO of Alterra Capital in Bermuda.

In addition to his work with QBE, Becker serves as chairman of West Virginia Media Holdings and on the board of Brickstreet Mutual Insurance Company; Source One Financial – a mortgage banker for the recreational vehicle industry; Dorado Insurance in Hamilton, Bermuda; and the Mountain Companies – a Southeastern U.S. construction firm. He is a member of the advisory boards of American Securities Fund and Cohesive Capital.

Becker is actively involved in his community, serving on the West Virginia University Board of Governors; the West Virginia Chamber and the Clay Center for the Arts; the West Virginia University Foundation and the Blanchette Rockefeller Neurosciences Institute. Becker earned his Juris Doctor and bachelor of science degrees at West Virginia University.

The event, which is open to UNCW students, faculty and staff, will be held at 4 p.m. in the Burney Center Ballroom. Registration is required for the lecture.

-- Venita Jenkins