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Willis Re appoints Natalie van de Coolwijk South Africa CEO

03 September 2015 Willis Re
Natalie Van De Coolwijk.

Natalie Van De Coolwijk.

Under new South Africa leadership, Willis Re will continue to expand its offering in the region via Willis Re’s platforms in Johannesburg and London.

Willis Re, the reinsurance division of global risk advisory, re/insurance broking, and human capital and benefits firm Willis Group Holdings plc (NYSE:WSH), is pleased to announce the appointment of Natalie van de Coolwijk as Chief Executive Officer of Willis Re (PTY) Ltd., South Africa, with immediate effect.

At the same time, Willis Re has promoted long serving Finance Director Amanda Lightfoot to Chief Operating Officer for the region, underlining the importance of strong operational support for its business and clients.

Van de Coolwijk joined Willis in May 2015, having held senior client facing and actuarial positions at Aon Benfield, Hannover Re and Natsure. She is also a former Assistant Lecturer at the Department of Insurance and Actuarial Sciences, University of Pretoria.

Lightfoot has served as Finance Director for Willis Re since 2001, responsible for all non-production areas of the local entity and post-placement services.

Commenting on the appointments, James Vickers, Chairman of Willis Re International, said, “Willis Re South Africa has a strong and dedicated team in place across our Johannesburg and London operations, delivering the very best in analytics and transactional services. We continue to invest in our teams across Willis Re to bring our global expertise and capabilities to clients, and we are delighted that Natalie will spearhead Willis Re South Africa into a new phase of growth.”

Van de Coolwijk said, “South Africa remains a competitive market but there are significant opportunities as the market evolves, especially as a platform into the rest of Africa. The team has a successful track record, and drawing on expertise from across the Group Willis Re is well positioned to help niche insurance, UMA and corporate clients face their growth and regulatory challenges. It is an exciting opportunity to lead the expansion of this business and continue to broaden the strong service offering already in place.”

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