W. Marston Becker
President and CEO of Alterra Capital Holdings
W. Marston “Marty” Becker is President and Chief Executive Officer of Alterra Capital Holdings Ltd (Nasdaq-ALTE), a global specialty insurer/reinsurer with assets approximating $10 billion, and with major underwriting platforms in Bermuda, Ireland, the U.S., the U.K., and Latin America and premium writings of approximately $2 billion annually. He has served as Chairman and CEO of Alterra Capital and its predecessor, Max Capital, since October 2006, and he has been a director since April 2004.
Mr. Becker has led insurance, reinsurance and insurance brokerage organizations, both publicly traded and privately held, building on an insurance industry career that has spanned a range of advisory and private equity investing roles, including: leading the restructuring and wind-down of Trenwick Group Ltd, a $3 billion, publicly traded, Bermuda-domiciled insurance company that formerly wrote specialty insurance and reinsurance in the United States, the U.K., and Bermuda; serving as non-executive Chairman of Hales & Company, a boutique insurance industry investment bank and private equity investor specializing in the insurance brokerage industry; serving as Chairman and CEO of Orion Capital Corporation, a NYSE-listed company with assets exceeding $4 billion in the premier specialty property and casualty insurance; and serving as President and CEO of McDonough Caperton Insurance Group, a regional insurance brokerage and third party claims administrator. McDonough Caperton became the country’s third-largest privately held brokerage firm prior to being sold to Acordia, Inc. in 1994 (now Wells Fargo Insurance Services). Mr. Becker started his career with the public accounting firm of Ernst & Young.
Mr. Becker also currently serves as Chairman of West Virginia Media Holdings, a statewide media company that he co-founded in 2001 with eight television stations and a newspaper that reaches 90 percent of West Viriginia’s population. He is also a director of Selective Insurance Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: SIGI), Brickstreet Mutual Insurance in Charleston, WV, Dorado Insurance in Hamilton, Bermuda and the Mountain Companies in Parkersburg, WV. In addition, Mr. Becker serves as a director of Reinsurance Association of America, the Association of Bermuda Insurers and Reinsurers, the Clay Center for the Arts and the West Virginia Roundtable. He has previously served on the Boards of United Bank, the West Virginia University Foundation, the WV/United Hospital System, Hartford Hospital, McJunkin Corporation, the WV Chamber of Commerce, Blanchette Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute, the American Insurance Association and numerous other community and non-profit organizations.
Mr. Becker earned his J.D. and Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degrees from West Virginia University. He is a Certified Public Accountant.