W. Marston “Marty” Becker has made his mark on the world, literally on several continents as a global insurer/reinsurer.

An alumnus of the West Virginia University College of Business and Economics, Becker is president and chief executive officer of Alterra Capital Holdings Ltd. with assets at approximately $10 billion. The company has major underwriting platforms in Bermuda, Ireland, the United States, the United Kingdom and Latin America. Becker will address students and the University community as part of the B&E Distinguished Speaker Series on April 25 at 6 p.m. in the Mountainlair Ballrooms.

“Marty Becker represents a very special story, and is a person students can really look up to,” said Dr. Jose “Zito” Sartarelli, Milan Puskar Dean. “He is from West Virginia (Charleston), graduated from the state’s flagship university and loves this state very much. He serves this state in a number of capacities and he has invested in this state. He is a highly successful businessman who has truly excelled in everything he has done, and there is much to be learned from him.”

Becker earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree from the College of Business and Economics in 1974, and later earned his Juris Doctor from the WVU College of Law. He 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. Becker 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.

Becker also currently serves as chairman of West Virginia Media Holdings, a statewide media company that he co-founded in 2001. WVMH has eight television stations and a newspaper that reach 90 percent of West Virginia’s population.

For more information on this event or the B&E Distinguished Speaker Series, please visit be.wvu.edu.



CONTACT: Patrick Gregg; WVU College of Business and Economics
304.293.5131; patrick.gregg@mail.wvu.edu

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