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SAIA Stakeholder Statement- SAIA Appoints Acting Chief Executive

Stakeholder Statement 

5 December 2014

SAIA Appoints Acting Chief Executive

Johannesburg - The South African Insurance Association (SAIA) has announced the appointment of Ms Viviene Pearson, as Acting Chief Executive with immediate effect.

This follows the mutually agreed separation between the SAIA and its previous Chief Executive, Mr Barry Scott.

“Ms Pearson’s role will be to lead the executive team and drive the implementation of the Board’s strategy for SAIA until a permanent Chief Executive is appointed,” said Chairman of the SAIA Board, Mr Themba Gamedze.

Mr Gamedze confirmed that during this interim period the SAIA Board will be engaging more on the way forward for the organisation.  “The Board needs to determine where we want to be as an industry in the next five to seven years,” he added.

“I applaud the SAIA Executive team for the professional manner in which they have supported the SAIA Board and conducted themselves during this time of intense turbulence and uncertainty,” he said.

The Executive team will work with the Acting Chief Executive as a single team to provide overall leadership to ensure the success of the SAIA and the continued sustainability of the short-term insurance industry.

“The SAIA Board will work with the Acting Chief Executive in meeting the challenges and the leadership team will in turn be able to count on its support in delivering the high quality service to the industry that our members have come to expect,” Mr Gamedze concluded.   


For more information please contact:

Claire Norman

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About the SAIA

The SAIA is the voice of the short-term insurance industry. It represents the industry at all levels and with all stakeholders, to ensure a sustainable and dynamic short-term insurance industry for the benefit of all South Africans. The SAIA represents most of the short-term insurance companies in South Africa and is authorised to negotiate on their behalf. The Association has 60 members who abide by the SAIA code of conduct. The SAIA also participates and is represented in various organisations within and outside the insurance industry.