Board of directors

Dr BA Brink (54)
BSc (Med), MBBCh, DA (SA)
Non-executive director

Dr Brian Brink has been employed by Anglo American South Africa for more than 20 years and in his current capacity as Senior Vice President: Health, he advises Anglo Group companies on a broad range of health-related issues. Dr Brink also spends much of his time advising businesses on how to respond effectively to HIV and AIDS; he is currently the alternate board member representing the private sector on the board of the Global Fund to fight AIDS, TB and malaria.

Johan Burger (47)
BCom (Hons), CA (SA)
Non-executive director

Johan Burger is the chief financial officer of FirstRand Limited and financial director of FirstRand Bank Holdings.

Laurie Dippenaar (57)
MCom, CA (SA)

Laurie Dippenaar was the chief executive officer of FirstRand Limited, until his retirement in January 2006. Prior to the creation of FirstRand in 1998, he was executive chairman of Momentum Life Assurers and played an integral part in the history of Rand Merchant Bank.

Dr Judy Dlamini (47)
MBChB, Diploma in Occupational Health, MBA
Non-executive director

Judy founded Mbekani Health & Wellbeing (Pty) Ltd, and is also the executive chairperson. Judy was previously employed as a senior manager at HSBC Investment Services (Africa) (Pty) Ltd in corporate finance, and prior to this, practiced as a family practitioner for many years. She also sits on the boards of Northam Platinum Ltd, Aspen Pharmacare Ltd and Gijima Ast Group Ltd.

Steven Epstein (63) (USA)
JD, Columbia University Law School, BA, Tufts University
Non-executive director

Steven is the founder and senior partner of Epstein Becker & Green, one of the largest US-based health law firms that support clients in health practice on issues that range from health policy to strategic partnering to complex compliance issues. He sits on the board of Destiny and a number of healthcare companies and venture capital firms. For over 30 years, he has played a unique role in establishing the concept that healthcare organisations need a dedicated form of legal representation.

Adrian Gore (42)

Adrian started Discovery Health in 1992 after conceiving the idea of a specialist risk management company that offered clients innovation, flexibility, value and excellent service. He was chosen as the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 1998. He currently serves on the boards of Discovery Holdings, PruHealth (UK) and Destiny Health (USA), as well as the Ethics Institute of South Africa.

Paul K Harris (56)
MComm (Stellenbosch)
Non-executive director

Paul Harris is currently the chief executive officer of FirstRand. Before his appointment in January 2006, he was the chief executive officer of FirstRand Bank. Paul was one of the founding shareholders of Rand Consolidated Investments Ltd that acquired Rand Merchant Bank in 1985. In 1987, Paul started the Australian Gilt Securities in Sydney. The company was later renamed RMB Australia and extended its business to the private equity, resources and energy markets in New Zealand and Australia. Paul is also a director of FirstRand Bank Holdings, Remgro Holdings, Momentum Group and RMB Holdings.

Monty Hilkowitz (66)
FIA Non-executive director

Monty worked for Southern Life Association and Swiss Re prior to joining Liberty Life in 1971. Monty was appointed managing director in 1978. He was appointed as chief executive officer of Westpac Life in Australia in 1986. He has been self-employed since 1989 and was involved in investment management, financial services and insurance interests in several countries. He is currently a director of The Dublin Network and Acuvest, specialist financial services companies in Ireland. He also serves as chairman of Pioneer International.

Neville Koopowitz (42)

Neville joined Discovery as marketing director in 1996 and has played a key role in defining and building the Discovery identity. A particular area of focus of his has been the development of Vitality and DiscoveryCard. He also played an important role in the development of Discovery’s sales and distribution environments. He is currently the chief executive officer of Discovery Health. He serves on the board of the Sports Science Institute of South Africa and the Board of Trustees of the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation’s South African chapter.

Dr Vincent Maphai (54)
BA, BA (Hons), M Phil, D Phil, Advanced Management Program (Harvard)
Non-executive director

Dr Maphai is the chairperson of BHP Billiton SA, and he was formerly the corporate affairs director of SAB and non-executive chair of Castle Brewing Namibia. In an academic career spanning two decades, he taught at various universities both locally and abroad and consulted with several blue-chip companies on a range of HR issues. He was also a research executive director of social dynamics at the HSRC for three years. He has served on the boards of various companies as non-executive chair, and he has chaired the SABC, the Presidential Review Commission into the restructuring of the public sector, and the South African Responsible Gambling Trust. Dr Maphai is also the chairperson of the Discovery Foundation.

Herschel Mayers (46)
BSc (Hons), FIA, FASSA

Herschel joined Discovery in 2000 to set up and launch its life insurance arm, Discovery Life. Prior to that he spent twenty years in senior positions at Liberty Life heading up administration, underwriting, systems, technology, product development and finance for group and individual life business. He was also a director of Millenium, Guardbank, Oracle and Liberty Healthcare.

Herschel was appointed CEO of Discovery Life in 2006. He also serves on the board of Discovery Holdings, Vitality and the Life Offices Association of S.A.

John Robertson (58)
BCom, CTA, CA (SA), HDipTax

John joined Discovery Health in April 1993 and was responsible for information technology strategy, systems development, information technology networks and finance. He is currently responsible for all aspects of information technology, e-commerce and all internal corporate operations at Discovery. He is also responsible for the strategic development of technology and information systems for Destiny Health Inc. and for the South African operations of the PruHealth joint venture.

Sonja Sebotsa (34)
LLB (Hons), MA
Non-executive director

Sonja has been an executive director at WDB Investment Holdings since 2002 playing an important role in the design and execution of transactions and the management of ongoing investment relationships. She was previously a vice president in the investment banking division of Deutsche Bank, where she gained more than five years’ experience in advisory work on Mergers & Acquisitions and Corporate Finance. She has specific experience in advising government on the sale of assets and potential investors on purchasing or disposing of equity stakes in companies.

Barry Swartzberg (41)

Barry, a qualified actuary, joined Discovery Health at its inception in 1992. As one of the company’s pioneers, he was instrumental in setting up the company’s marketing division, as well as driving the evolution of Discovery Health’s risk management and operational areas. He is currently the group executive director of Discovery and serves on the boards of Discovery Holdings, Destiny Health, and Healthbridge.

Stewart Whyte (44)

Stewart started his career with Liberty Life. He worked in various departments of the life insurance division and set up the Medical Lifestyle division in 1991. In September 1992, he joined Discovery Health as one of its founding members. Stewart was responsible for implementing all operational areas of the company. He has since relocated to the USA where he is a board member and the chief operating officer of Destiny Health.

Sindi Zilwa (39)
BCompt (Hons), CTA, CA (SA), Advanced Taxation Certificate, Certified Financial Planner, Advanced Diploma in Financial Planning
Non-executive director

Sindi is the chief executive officer of Nkonki, a chartered accountancy firm. She was the second black women to qualify as a CA in 1998. She was awarded the Business Women of the Year title by the Executive Women’s Club. She is a member of SAICA’s Education Committee, and serves on the boards of Woolworths, Primedia and Strate Limited.

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