Our Executive Committee

Edwyn O’Neill

Chief Executive Officer
BCom (Hons), CA(SA)

Yulandi van Dyk

Chief Financial Officer
BCompt (Hons), CA(SA)

Collin Molepe

Chief Operations Officer
Six Sigma – Black belt

Nicholas Francis

Chief Marketing Officer
BCom

Edwyn has over 16 years’ extensive auditing experience within the financial services sector with specialised knowledge in retail and stock broking, treasury, corporate and investment banking and securities trading. Before leaving KPMG in 2006 to assume the role of Chief Financial Officer – Barclays Africa, Edwyn was the partner in charge of the Bank Audit Division of Financial Services. Prior to joining Absa Insurance in 2009 as Managing Director, Edwyn was the Chief Financial Officer for Absa Financial Services during 2007, and assumed further responsibility as the Chief Operating Officer from July 2008.

Yulandi joined the team in September 2014 from Aon Sub-Saharan Africa where she fulfilled the dual role of Regional Financial Controller for the Group, as well as Financial Director for Aon South Africa for over four years. Prior to this, Yulandi was Group Financial Manager at WIP Capital from 2002 to 2009.

Collin joined from Absa Insurance Company where he was Chief Operations Officer and was responsible for the delivery of business change, procurement, business performance, operational systems and customer services. Prior to joining Absa Insurance Company as the General Manager: Claims Cost Control, Collin was Divisional Manager at Discovery Health where he was responsible for developing and implementing the strategic direction for the Health Claims processing unit.

Nicholas joined the AIG Graduate Programme in 2003 and was appointed as a Travel Insurance Underwriter in AIG South Africa’s Accident & Health Division in 2004. In 2006, he joined Absa Insurance Services as Product Consultant GPA (Group Personal Accident) and Travel Insurance; and assumed the role of Product Manager: Travel Insurance in 2008 and was subsequently promoted to the position of Executive Assistant to the Managing Director of Absa Insurance Company and Absa iDirect Limited. Nicholas joined our team as Executive Assistant to the CEO in 2012 and assumed his current role in 2013.

Cloud Saungweme

Chief Claims Officer
MBA

JP Blignaut

Chief Underwriting Officer
Fellow of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries, BCom (Hons) Cum Laude

Chris Grieve

Executive Head of Broker Distribution
National Certificate in Financial Services

Wim Morland

Executive Head: Insurance Partnerships
BCom (Hons), CA (SA)

Cloud is a fellow of the Insurance Institute of South Africa, and has over 20 years’ experience in the short-term insurance industry. Cloud’s previous roles include Claims Operations Superintendent at AIG South Africa; Claims Operations Supervisor at Protea Insurance; Assistant Claims Operations Manager at Rand Mutual Assurance; and General Manager Operations at Hollard Insurance.

JP has over 18 years’ insurance experience in South Africa, UK, India and Asia. Prior to joining us during 2012, JP was the Chief Actuary for RSA Insurance Group Plc for the Asia and Middle East region, where he was responsible for building actuarial and pricing capabilities across eight countries. Prior to that, he worked for the Sanlam Group in a number of roles in South Africa and London.

Chris started his career in insurance at Mutual & Federal in 1980 where he worked for 28 years, rising to the position of Executive General Manager for Group Business Development and Sales. During this time, Chris worked across Personal Lines, Mid-Market, Small Business, Corporate Business, Marine, Engineering and Group Reinsurance. In 2008, he joined Willis Reinsurance Broking SA as Managing Director. During this period, he attended several Baden-Baden reinsurance sessions in Germany with international reinsurers. He then joined our team in November 2010 as Head of Market Underwriting and in February 2011 he took over Sales as Executive Head of Sales and Market Underwriting.

Wim has over 18 years of insurance experience in South Africa. Prior to his current role, Wim held the position as Head of Alternative Distribution on joining the Company in 2012. He was previously employed by the Hollard Group, as General Manager in the Alternative Distribution Division, prior to which he held financial management positions at Hollard Short Term Company as General Manager for Corporate Finance and Financial manager at Dairypack (Pty) Limited. He completed his articles and held management positions at Ernst & Young.

Our Executive Committee

Edwyn O’Neill

Chief Executive Officer
BCom (Hons), CA(SA)

Edwyn has over 16 years’ extensive auditing experience within the financial services sector with specialised knowledge in retail and stock broking, treasury, corporate and investment banking and securities trading. Before leaving KPMG in 2006 to assume the role of Chief Financial Officer – Barclays Africa, Edwyn was the partner in charge of the Bank Audit Division of Financial Services. Prior to joining Absa Insurance in 2009 as Managing Director, Edwyn was the Chief Financial Officer for Absa Financial Services during 2007, and assumed further responsibility as the Chief Operating Officer from July 2008.

Yulandi van Dyk

Chief Financial Officer
BCompt (Hons), CA(SA)

Yulandi joined the team in September 2014 from Aon Sub-Saharan Africa where she fulfilled the dual role of Regional Financial Controller for the Group, as well as Financial Director for Aon South Africa for over four years. Prior to this, Yulandi was Group Financial Manager at WIP Capital from 2002 to 2009.

Collin Molepe

Chief Operations Officer
Six Sigma – Black belt

Collin joined from Absa Insurance Company where he was Chief Operations Officer and was responsible for the delivery of business change, procurement, business performance, operational systems and customer services. Prior to joining Absa Insurance Company as the General Manager: Claims Cost Control, Collin was Divisional Manager at Discovery Health where he was responsible for developing and implementing the strategic direction for the Health Claims processing unit.

Nicholas Francis

Chief Marketing Officer
BCom

Nicholas joined the AIG Graduate Programme in 2003 and was appointed as a Travel Insurance Underwriter in AIG South Africa’s Accident & Health Division in 2004. In 2006, he joined Absa Insurance Services as Product Consultant GPA (Group Personal Accident) and Travel Insurance; and assumed the role of Product Manager: Travel Insurance in 2008 and was subsequently promoted to the position of Executive Assistant to the Managing Director of Absa Insurance Company and Absa iDirect Limited. Nicholas joined our team as Executive Assistant to the CEO in 2012 and assumed his current role in 2013.

Cloud Saungweme

Chief Claims Officer
MBA

Cloud is a fellow of the Insurance Institute of South Africa, and has over 20 years’ experience in the short-term insurance industry. Cloud’s previous roles include Claims Operations Superintendent at AIG South Africa; Claims Operations Supervisor at Protea Insurance; Assistant Claims Operations Manager at Rand Mutual Assurance; and General Manager Operations at Hollard Insurance.

JP Blignaut

Chief Underwriting Officer
Fellow of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries, BCom (Hons) Cum Laude

JP has over 18 years’ insurance experience in South Africa, UK, India and Asia. Prior to joining us during 2012, JP was the Chief Actuary for RSA Insurance Group Plc for the Asia and Middle East region, where he was responsible for building actuarial and pricing capabilities across eight countries. Prior to that, he worked for the Sanlam Group in a number of roles in South Africa and London.

Chris Grieve

Executive Head of Broker Distribution
National Certificate in Financial Services

Chris started his career in insurance at Mutual & Federal in 1980 where he worked for 28 years, rising to the position of Executive General Manager for Group Business Development and Sales. During this time, Chris worked across Personal Lines, Mid-Market, Small Business, Corporate Business, Marine, Engineering and Group Reinsurance. In 2008, he joined Willis Reinsurance Broking SA as Managing Director. During this period, he attended several Baden-Baden reinsurance sessions in Germany with international reinsurers. He then joined our team in November 2010 as Head of Market Underwriting and in February 2011 he took over Sales as Executive Head of Sales and Market Underwriting.

Wim Morland

Executive Head: Insurance Partnerships
BCom (Hons), CA (SA)

Wim has over 18 years of insurance experience in South Africa. Prior to his current role, Wim held the position as Head of Alternative Distribution on joining the Company in 2012. He was previously employed by the Hollard Group, as General Manager in the Alternative Distribution Division, prior to which he held financial management positions at Hollard Short Term Company as General Manager for Corporate Finance and Financial manager at Dairypack (Pty) Limited. He completed his articles and held management positions at Ernst & Young.