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ACE Insurance Announces New Leadership Team for South Africa

18 May 2012 Ace
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ACE announced two new management appointments for its South Africa business as it continues to strengthen its presence across emerging insurance markets in its Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region.

John Nienaber has been appointed Country President, ACE South Africa. Bringing 12 years of insurance industry experience, John was Executive Head, Business and a Board member at Stalker Hutchinson Admiral until 2011, where he oversaw underwriting and operations at one of South Africa’s leading underwriting agencies in the casualty insurance sector. Previously, John held various roles at Glenrand MIB, an insurance broker.

John will report to Andrew Kendrick, Chairman, ACE European Group. The appointment takes place with effect from 1 June and remains subject to regulatory approval.

At the same time, Gary Jack, Interim CEO, South Africa has been promoted to the newly created position of Chief Operating Officer and Head of Accident and Health, ACE South Africa, also effective 1 June. Gary has seven years of insurance industry experience and joined ACE in 2009 with management responsibility for the Accident and Health business in South Africa before being appointed to his current role. Gary will report to John.

Andrew Kendrick, Chairman, ACE European Group, said:

“South Africa has a young population, a rapidly expanding middle class and an increasingly important position at the heart of global trade. Despite the country’s challenges, we believe these three trends are together capable of powering future growth on a significant scale. Today’s appointments will result in an expanded management team and a renewed commitment to growth in South Africa, a key country in ACE’s strategy of expansion across EMEA’s emerging markets.”

Brian Seach, Chairman, ACE South Africa, commented:

“John Nienaber and Gary Jack bring a formidable and complementary skill set to our South Africa management team. John’s extensive underwriting background, market relationships and extensive casualty and financial lines experience will be valuable assets as we grow ACE’s corporate insurance business. Meanwhile, Gary has been instrumental in the development of our growing Accident and Health business and I am grateful for his effective management of our South African operations over the interim period.”

ACE has been active in South Africa since 2006. ACE specialises in casualty, financial lines, accident and health and property (including energy and construction) insurance, including in South Africa’s rapidly expanding small business sector.

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