Hollard announces new Group CEO

23 May 2022 Hollard Insurance Group
Willie Lategan

Willie Lategan

The Hollard Insurance Group today announced that Willie Lategan, former Group CFO and currently CEO of Hollard’s short-term insurance arm, will take over from Saks Ntombela as Hollard Group CEO with effect from 1 July 2022.

This follows on Ntombela’s announcement that he would be leaving the Group to join his family in Ireland, where his wife was recently appointed to a senior position at an international corporate.

“This was an incredibly difficult decision given how much I believe in Hollard’s potential, but I could not see a way to operate a continent away from my young family,” said Ntombela. “I am pleased to be able to hand over the reigns to someone as demonstrably capable as Willie, who has shown from the very beginning an ability to drive effective performance in building a business, as well as a deep understanding of the markets in which we operate and the challenges we face as an insurer.”

Hollard Group Chairman, Adrian Enthoven, said “We are grateful to Saks for his decade of service as a Hollard employee and for all he achieved as CEO. Not only did he successfully oversee a significant strategic re-organisation of the business, but he also played an instrumental role in the successful integration of the Regent business following its acquisition and, cemented our partnership with Tokio Marine. Perhaps most significantly, his steady hand guided Hollard through the COVID pandemic and has ensured that the organisation is well positioned for future growth. We are sad to see him go, but fully understand his reasons for leaving and wish him every success in the future.”

“We are very pleased to be able to appoint someone with Willie’s track record from within our internal ranks. Willie was a highly effective Chief Financial Officer during his first few years at Hollard but has really cemented his reputation as a visionary leader during his more recent tenure as CEO of our short-term insurance business unit.

An actuary by training, Lategan was appointed CEO of Hollard’s short-term business unit in 2018, having joined as Group Chief Financial Officer in 2015 and. He holds a BCom (Hons) from the University of Stellenbosch and is a Fellow of the Faculty of Actuaries, and a member of the Actuarial Society of South Africa (ASSA). Before joining Hollard, Lategan was Absa’s Chief Executive for Wealth, Investment Management and Insurance.

“He brings with him a wealth of experience and a proven track record of delivery and we have every faith in his ability to build on the firm strategic foundations built during Saks’s tenure. We are confident that Willie will continue Hollard’s journey towards becoming a transformed company that truly represents Africa in all her diversity,” concluded Enthoven.

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