Exciting changes at FIA lead to more great opportunities for Fulcrum

04 October 2016 Fulcrum
Lizelle van der Merwe

Lizelle van der Merwe

Vaughan Jones, CEO of Fulcrum

Vaughan Jones, CEO of Fulcrum

Lizelle van der Merwe, currently Head of Sales at the Fulcrum Group, has recently been appointed as the new CEO of the FIA, effective 1 November 2016.

van der Merwe joined the Fulcrum team in 2013 and has been integral to the success and growth the organisation has achieved. Says Vaughan Jones, CEO of Fulcrum: "Lizelle will be missed as a leader, colleague and friend to us all here at Fulcrum. However, we are excited to have played a role in Lizelle's development and have no doubt that her drive and passion for the intermediary market - like Fulcrum's - will be a tremendous asset to the FIA. We wish her, and the FIA, the very best"  

With van der Merwe's departure, Fulcrum have looked to make an appointment that will provide continuity to the current successful sales environment in addition to ensuring the group continues to drive its strategy in adding value to the insurance market. Devan Kerr has been appointed to a newly created role as Head of Business Development for the group, joining the group’s Executive Committee effective 1 November 2016.  

Kerr is a well-know personality amongst the strong pool of young professionals in the industry and says: "I am excited by the new role! Continuing as head of premium finance at Fulcrum whilst driving the origination of new business and enhancing Fulcrum’s capabilities in deepening client relationships with current and prospective clients across the Capital and Delta businesses is a real challenge. However, with the strong Fulcrum team, our excellent partners and an industry full of opportunities!" 

Continuing to build on a strong foundation and power team, Jones also today announced that Drew Schnehage will be joining the Fulcrum Delta team as Head of Flexi from Monday 10th October.  Drew will also join the group’s Executive Committee. 

Says Jones: "Drew brings with her a wealth of experience in the short-term insurance industry, having been part of the industry for over 27 years. She most recently was part of the Hollard team that developed  their new personal lines product and broker portal. Prior to joining Hollard, Drew was CEO of Aquarius Underwriting Managers, a specialist UMA focussed on high net-worth individuals. Aquarius managed R150m premium, and was the recipient of many industry awards.  

"Through both acquisitive and organic growth, Fulcrum has undergone exciting change in recent years, enabling it to continue offering the market a relevant and composite product offering that meets the requirements of all of the insurance industry stakeholders. As an agnostic provider, Fulcrum continues to deliver a full-range of services across the insurance supply chain."

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