John Melville Executive Head Underwriting Services & Reinsurance Santam Ltd

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John Melville is the Chief Underwriting Officer of Santam and the executive responsible for reinsurance and international business. As such, he is responsible for the underwriting function, reinsurance, Santam Re, and Santam’s international insurance investments in Africa, India and Malaysia. He is a director of Santam’s commercial and personal business, MiWay Insurance, Sanlam Emerging Markets, Saham Assurance of Morocco, Saham Reinsurance (Mauritius), LIA Insurance of Lebanon, Emerald Risk Transfer, Stalker Hutchison Admiral, Mirabilis Engineering Underwriters, and Santam Re. He also chairs the South African Insurance Association’s Board sub-committee for Insurance Risks.

Until 2010, John was employed by the Metropolitan Group, ultimately as the Chief Executive of its employee benefits business and a member of its Group Executive Committee. This covered providing financial products and services to groups of employees, including retirement fund administration, group insurance, investments, annuities and actuarial consulting.

He is a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries (FIA) and a Fellow of the Actuarial Society of South Africa (FASSA), and holds a Bachelor of Business Science (Hons) degree and Postgraduate Diploma in Actuarial Studies from the University of Cape Town. In 2002, he also completed an executive management programme at IMD in Lausanne, Switzerland.