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Aon South Africa appoints new CEO

01 October 2007 Aon South Africa

Aon South Africa, a leading provider of risk management services, insurance and reinsurance brokerage, has announced that Athene van Mazijk, Chief Operating Officer, has been promoted to Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately. Former CEO, Anton Roux, will continue as CEO of Aon Sub Sahara.

Leading a team of approximately 380 employees across the country, Van Mazijk will be responsible for developing the local business in achieving its full potential.

Van Mazijk joined Aon South Africa in January 2006 as Corporate Services Director. In October, she was promoted to Chief Operating Officer for South Africa and Sub Sahara region. Prior to Aon, Athene held various positions in industries such as financial services, leisure, Government and State Owned,
within South Africa.   After spending most of her early years in Human
Resources, Athene went on to gain experience in mergers and acquisitions, general consulting and corporate services, but says her perspective of the business world, remains firmly rooted in the framework of "results through people".

Roux  will fully dedicate his time to the Sub Sahara Africa region. "Athene's
 appointment is a reflection of the rapid growth in the South African
business and the requirement for focused leadership in the region.   Her
appointment to the role of COO 12 months ago has positioned her well for a transition into the new role."

Commenting on her new role, Van Mazijk added,  "Aon South Africa has the benefit of exceptional skills, particularly in its management team.  My role will be to lead from behind whilst we navigate a challenging competitive landscape."

Van Mazijk holds a MBA degree from the University of Southern Queensland, in Australia.

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