Swiss Re Corporate Solutions appoints Michelle Oosthuizen as Head South Africa

Swiss Re Corporate Solutions appoints Michelle Oosthuizen as Head South Africa, effective 1 November 2018. In this role, Ms. Oosthuizen will oversee all aspects of Swiss Re Corporate Solutions' business in South Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa. Subject to completion of visa formalities, she will relocate from Zurich to Johannesburg.

"I'm excited to appoint a leader like Michelle, who understands how Africa represents an open field for new risk management ideas and solutions," states Mr. Kleiterp, Swiss Re Corporate Solutions' CEO Europe, Middle East & Africa. "I'm confident that under Michelle's leadership we will continue to build on our success in South Africa and the Sub-Saharan region."

Michelle brings 18 years of re/insurance experience to this role. Since joining the Swiss Re Group in 2000 as Legal Counsel and Head of Compliance to Swiss Re Africa, she has held various positions and gained extensive Claims experience, notably as Head of Claims Australia and New Zealand and, most recently, as Global Head of Reinsurance Contracts. Prior to joining Swiss Re, she established and successfully managed her own law firm in South Africa.

An Australian national, Michelle holds a Bachelor of Commerce, a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) and a Masters of Business Administration from Wits Business School in South Africa. She speaks English, Afrikaans and German, and has worked in South Africa, Australia and Switzerland. She is also an admitted attorney by the Law Society of South Africa. 

Swiss Re Corporate Solutions serves clients and brokers throughout South Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa from its office in Johannesburg.