60 Second Interview with David Marock


Capital Markets Team

David Marock, Group Chief Executive Officer of Charles Taylor plc.

60 Second Interview with David Marock

What is Charles Taylor plc?

Charles Taylor is a global, professional insurance services business, listed on the LSE. It has 1200 employees in almost 70 offices across 28 countries throughout the Americas, Europe, Middle East, Africa, and Australasia. It manages international, mutual insurance companies, and undertakes large and complex technical loss adjusting. It also provides various outsourced, technical insurance services. It owns six life and non-life insurers, mostly in run-off and a Lloyd’s managing agency.

What excites you most about your job?

The opportunity to help Charles Taylor, along with all our colleagues and clients, go from strength to strength.

Which event in your career- good or bad - taught you the most?

I would struggle to narrow it down to a single event … I find I learn something every day.

What was your first job?

My first part-time job was when I was in junior school; I sold personalised stationery – it was very helpful pocket money!

My first full-time job was providing actuarial advice to retirement funds. That was the last traditional actuarial job I did.

Which previous job would you say is most responsible for where you are now?

Through my work as an actuary, I discovered how important and intellectually satisfying the insurance world is. And I realised that I was never going to be a traditional actuary. 

If you weren’t the CEO of Charles Taylor plc what would you be doing?

If I had the chance, I would spend my days with my family exploring the world.

What would be your specialist subject on Mastermind?

I am hopeless at quizzes, so it would probably be best to find someone else for your Mastermind team.

What is your greatest achievement, or proudest moment?

In my work life, I am most proud of being the CEO of Charles Taylor: it is a privilege to work with so many fantastic people, doing great things for all our clients.

In my home life, I would say the birth of my two children, who are a source of so much joy!

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What is the best career advice you have been given?

You make your own luck.

What would your super power be?

Reading people’s minds… Although perhaps that would be too disturbing!

What are the creature comforts you take with you on business trips?

I try to travel light so only take two: my mini-iPad, so I always have something to read; plus it’s great for Skyping with my family. And I bring my headphones, so I can listen to music on long trips.

Who would play you in a movie of your life?

Me! Because I know the character well and because I suspect I would struggle to find anyone famous wanting to play the role.

What is your most valued possession?

That would be my passport. I travel a lot for both work and pleasure, so it’s essential.

And finally…What keeps you awake at night?

Very little keeps me awake at night - other than a change of time zone! 

David Marock has been Group Chief Executive Officer at Charles Taylor plc since July, 2011.

He served as the COO of Beazley Group plc since October 2008 until June 2011. He served as Head, Claims Team of Specialty Lines Business of Beazley Group Plc from July 2005 to October 2008. He joined Beazley Group from McKinsey and Company where he was actively involved in the business transformation of a number of major global insurers, and more specifically the London market. Prior to Beazley, Mr. Marock was at the management consultancy, McKinsey, advising financial services clients on strategic, operational and corporate finance matters. He has been an Executive Director at Charles Taylor Consulting plc since July 1, 2011. He chaired the Xchanging Review Board and sat on the Claims Service Review Board on behalf of the Lloyd’s Market Association.