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Hollard voted best business insurer for the second year in a row.

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Date posted: 3 Jun 2016

In a year that has been a vulnerable one for businesses everywhere, Hollard is delighted to have been voted FIA 2016 Corporate and Commercial Insurer of the Year, for the second year in a row.

The double win was announced at this evening’s Financial Intermediaries Association of Southern Africa’s (FIA) annual awards dinner and is another very welcome endorsement of Hollard’s unique brand of innovative, needs-driven and people-centric insurance.

“With underwriters, brokers and clients in the insurance industry all feeling the pressure of a tougher economic climate, it’s been a challenging year, “agree Hollard Broker Markets’ joint MDs Pierre Geyer and Nash Omar, “but that’s when we get the opportunity to show what we’re made of and it feels good to know we’re still delivering what the market needs and expects.”

Risk Management

Top among those needs have been advice and support in a low-growth, cost-cutting environment where there’s temptation to reduce – or sometimes even terminate – cover.  “No-one likes a soft market but, in times like these, helping clients and brokers manage risk effectively takes centre stage. Our 22 Risk Managers across the country are dedicated to appraising risk and working with our brokers to provide counsel on the exposure businesses face, guarding these businesses against the dangers associated with inadequate cover.

People Business

Underpinning Hollard’s risk management strategy is its real interest in the clients it serves.  “Insurance is really a people business,” says Omar, “and, along with growing our own business, we’re motivated by helping our partners, brokers and clients to grow theirs too.

“We pride ourselves on our strong, flexible business relationships and have learned that ease of access to Hollard’s decision makers makes a huge difference to the way brokers see us. Our ‘local is lekker’ approach puts real authority in the hands of the people with whom our brokers deal on a day-to-day basis. This enhances our broker partners’ ability to service their customers quickly and efficiently.  ”

Agility

Hollard’s culture has a big role to play in the way it does business.  From small beginnings, we may have grown into a large organisation, but we believe that our entrepreneur roots play significant part in finding sustainable solutions for our policy holders and broker partners. Our DNA is deeply rooted in partnerships and we believe strongly in a win-win-win approach to everything we do – Hollard and its partners and customers must always all “win” when we provide solutions.

The things Hollard is looking to do, in the year ahead, are predictably many and tonight’s awards will spur the team on, says Omar.   “Our specialist Centres of Excellence enable us to offer a one-stop insurance facility for niche business needs and we’re eager to explore the growth potential there. 

“We’ll continue to invest in our people and technology, including IT systems and big data solutions that will enable us to make better decisions and better products for our clients.  And we’ll keep working with brokers to help them prepare for changing legislation so they stay relevant and sustainable as the industry transitions.

“In a nutshell, we’ll keep doing whatever we can to improve customer satisfaction, and retention, and make it easier to do business with us

“We are humbled by d thankful for this double win,” agree Geyer and Omar.  “The first time was sweet but this is sweeter and we would like to say a huge thank you: to the FIA and all the brokers who have supported us and kept us on our toes; and to our reinsurers, without whom no insurer would be able to do business. But most of all we’d like to thank the more than 3000 Hollardites who every day go the extra mile to make awards like these possible.”   

Company Overview 

As South Africa's largest privately-owned insurance group, Hollard Insurance incorporates the companies Hollard Insurance and Hollard Life Assurance. Established in 1980, the Hollard Group provides short-term and life insurance as well as investment products to a diverse customer base including individual consumers, commercial entities and corporate clients.

It ranks among a growing number of companies advocating an inclusive growth model, measuring its social dividends aside its shareholder contributions.

Since inception, partnership has been at the heart of its business model, with the group today boasting over 100 ventures across the insurance value chain. Each one demonstrates the Hollard belief that there remains a better way. 

Headquartered in the historic Villa Arcadia in Parktown, Johannesburg, the group embraces 6 million policy holders in 10 countries on four continents. Hollard employs almost 3000 people and posted R15,1bn in premium income in the year to June 2014.

Spokespeople

  • Nic Kohler
     

    Group Chief Executive Officer

    To arrange an interview with Nic, please contact:

    Warwick Bloom
    Public Relations
    082 496 4376 
    warwickb@hollard.co.za

  • Willie Lategan
     

    Chief Financial Officer

    To arrange an interview with Willie, please contact:

    Warwick Bloom
    Public Relations 
    082 496 4376 
    warwickb@hollard.co.za

  • Mandla Shezi
     

    MD of Hollard Affinities and Direct

    To arrange an interview with Mandla, please contact:

    Warwick Bloom
    Public Relations 
    082 496 4376 
    warwickb@hollard.co.za

  • Stef Theofanidis
     

    MD of Hollard Insurance Partners

    To arrange an interview with Stef, please contact:

    Warwick Bloom
    Public Relations 
    082 496 4376 
    warwickb@hollard.co.za

  • Saks Ntombela
     

    MD of Hollard Life & Investments

    To arrange an interview with Saks, please contact:

    Warwick Bloom
    Public Relations 
    082 496 4376 
    warwickb@hollard.co.za

  • Ian Ross
     

    Chief Underwriting Officer

    To arrange an interview with Ian, please contact:

    Warwick Bloom
    Public Relations 
    082 496 4376 
    warwickb@hollard.co.za

  • Heidi Brauer
     

    Chief Marketing Officer

    To arrange an interview with Heidi, please contact:

    Warwick Bloom
    Public Relations 
    082 496 4376 
    warwickb@hollard.co.za

  • Nyeleti Shirilele
     

    Company Secretary &
    Head of Governance

    To arrange an interview with Nyeleti, please contact:

    Warwick Bloom
    Public Relations 
    082 496 4376 
    warwickb@hollard.co.za

  • Wikus Luus
     

    Chief Risk Officer

    To arrange an interview with Wikus, please contact:

    Warwick Bloom
    Public Relations 
    082 496 4376 
    warwickb@hollard.co.za

  • Brent Wyborn
     

    Executive Head: Group Services

    To arrange an interview with Brent, please contact:

    Warwick Bloom
    Public Relations 
    082 496 4376 
    warwickb@hollard.co.za

  • Brooks Mparutsa
     

    MD of Hollard International

    To arrange an interview with Brooks, please contact:

    Warwick Bloom
    Public Relations 
    082 496 4376 
    warwickb@hollard.co.za

  • David Green
     

    Chief Investment Officer
    Hollard Investments

    To arrange an interview with David, please contact:

    Warwick Bloom
    Public Relations 
    082 496 4376 
    warwickb@hollard.co.za

  • Gail Walters
     

    MD of Corporate Affairs

    To arrange an interview with Gail, please contact:

    Warwick Bloom
    Public Relations 
    082 496 4376 
    warwickb@hollard.co.za

  • Nash Omar
     

    Joint MD of Hollard Broker Markets

    To arrange an interview with Nash, please contact:

    Warwick Bloom 
    Public Relations  
    082 496 4376  
    warwickb@hollard.co.za

  • Pierre Geyer
     

    Joint MD of Hollard Broker Markets

    To arrange an interview with Pierre, please contact:

    Warwick Bloom  
    Public Relations   
    082 496 4376   
    warwickb@hollard.co.za

  • Willem Smith
     

    MD of Hollard Personal Lines

    To arrange an interview with Willem, please contact:

    Warwick Bloom   
    Public Relations    
    082 496 4376    
    warwickb@hollard.co.za

  • Galina Kroucheva
     

    Chief Information Officer

    To arrange an interview with Galina, please contact:

    Warwick Bloom    
    Public Relations     
    082 496 4376     
    warwickb@hollard.co.za

  • Dirk Viljoen
     

    Chief Actuary

    To arrange an interview with Dirk, please contact:

    Warwick Bloom     
    Public Relations      
    082 496 4376      
    warwickb@hollard.co.za

  • Kamini Maharaj
     

    Head of People

    To arrange an interview with Kamini, please contact:

    Warwick Bloom      
    Public Relations       
    082 496 4376       
    warwickb@hollard.co.za