New Business Development Appointment

16 April 2021 GIB Insurance Brokers

Dear Colleagues


It is with immense pleasure that I announce the appointment of Mike Church as Head of New Business Development at GIB with effect from 1 May 2021. Mike will report directly to me and, in his new role, collaborate closely with divisional leaders, account executives and sales staff.

Mike joins us from Marsh where he has consulted on large account development for the past 14 years. He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the table and we are very excited to welcome him to GIB knowing that he will make a meaningful contribution to our endeavours to strengthen GIB’s New Business Development and Sales capabilities.

He began his broking career with Minets in Port Elizabeth in 1980 and shortly thereafter was transferred to Durban to head up one of their branches. Two years later he joined PFV, latterly Alexander Forbes, where he focused on large corporate accounts. As Mike’s career progressed, he was transferred to Johannesburg to care for the company’s flag ship accounts – ironically, taking over from Dudley Sanders who had just left to start his career at GIB!

Mike’s skills and knowledge were required in Cape Town and, in 1993, he was transferred to run PFV’s Cape operations and join the Board of Directors.

Aon approached Mike in 1998 to head up their South African business and he was subsequently appointed as CEO responsible for 7 African territories.

After a long and successful career, in 2006 Mike decided to leave the broking industry to concentrate on his farming and wine interests, but not long afterwards the lure of insurance called him back to the industry when he joined Alexander Forbes (latterly Marsh) to consult on large account development.

Please join me in welcoming Mike to the fold.


Jurie Erwee

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