IG South Africa

Our team

Our leadership team in South Africa is the right mix between experience, expertise, innovation, energy and togetherness. We’re always open to new ideas, new clients, new markets and new ways to work. Meet some of us here.

Team Members

Andries van Staden

Group COO

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Andries joined the South African operation as managing director in June 2016, inspired by our vision for the future. As CFO (2008-2012) and managing executive (2012-2015) of Absa Insurance [Barclays Group], Andries has been a partner to Innovation Group’s South African operation since 2008. He has a strong track record for improvement in core growth and underwriting margin improvement. Following the growth and success of the South African operation, Andries was promoted to group chief operating officer in February 2019 assuming responsibility for regional operations across the group.

Eric Wasserman

Chief financial officer

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Eric Wasserman is a chartered accountant with 33 years of experience in the travel and financial services industries, including 15 years with the Absa Group before joining us, where roles included CFO for their financial services business and executive: group finance.

Drew Schnehage

Executive commercial

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A seasoned professional within the financial services industry and close to 30 years’ experience, Drew joined Innovation Group South Africa in July 2017 to head up the commercial division. Prior to joining the group, Drew was the CEO of Aquarius Underwriting Managers, a specialist UMA and multiple industry award recipient. Following on an acquisition by Hollard in 2014, Drew took on the responsibility of General Manager for personal lines and distribution.

Catherine Naidoo

Executive product, pricing and underwriting

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Catherine joined Innovation Group in 2017. Equipped with over 23 years’ experience within the insurance industry, she heads up the product division focusing on product development, pricing and underwriting. Driven by a passion for the legal and compliance landscape, she ensures that our product development initiatives remain innovative, whilst complying with the industry’s regulatory requirements.

Langa Mnyandu

Executive legal and compliance

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Langa is an admitted attorney of the High Court of South Africa with a B.Proc degree from the University of KwaZulu Natal. His business and legal acumen is founded upon 19 years’ experience practicing law across multiple industries. Langa was appointed as head of legal and compliance for Innovation Group South Africa in 2017

Karin Kruger

Executive operations

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Karin Kruger joined Innovation Group South Africa in November 2016. Karin’s appointment is in line with our ambition to strengthen and focus our operational capabilities across the business. Her career spans over 18 years during which time she has held many senior positions within leading companies, of which the last was as COO of Lion of Africa.

Rene Eggink

Executive technology

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Rene holds a bachelor of science honours in computer science from the Potchefstroom University (now North-West University), an MBA from Stellenbosch University and the Rotterdam School of Management (NL). With over 30 years’ experience in the banking and insurance sectors, Rene is well versed in strategic transformational initiatives in the technology space, both locally and abroad. He has a key focus on streamlining technology operations to drive strategic change and enhancing customer service. Rene joined Innovation Group in 2017 and currently serves as the group’s technology executive.

Linda Davies

Executive procurement and facilities

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Linda is an experienced procurement and facilities specialist who joined the group in 2016. Her career spans over 18 years during which she worked for major players in the financial services industry including Mutual & Federal, Santam and Metropolitan. Her passion lays in creating synergies between organisation’s and their supply chain with a key focus on stakeholder management.

Bhavini Jogie

Executive finance

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Bhavini joined Innovation Group in 2014. A qualified CA (SA), her experience span over 8 years within the banking and insurance industries. Her key focus areas are operational finance, regulation and finance control. Bhavini currently serves as finance executive for Innovation Group.

Kgwale Reuben Mokgwatsana

Executive risk

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Kgwale is an experienced finance professional with a key focus on insurance finance, regulation and administration. Prior to joining Innovation Group, Kgwale was Head of Financial Control at Absa Insurance Company. He joined the group in 2016 as head of finance and was promoted to executive risk in 2019.

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