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Meet the team

The Board of Directors

Meet the people who make up our Finrite executive committee:

Bheki Shongwe

Executive Chairman and CEO

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Bheki Shongwe

Executive Chairman and CEO

Bheki Shongwe is the Executive Chairman and CEO with over 30 years of experience in Business, Leadership, Management, Finance, and Insurance. He has specialised in Leadership and Development and works to grow businesses and people. In his role, he is responsible for driving the vision and ensuring the execution of the strategies of the company towards excellence as a leader in the micro-insurance and related services provider market. Bheki is a member of the Chartered Institute of Secretaries and Administrators (ACIS) and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Business Management (FCIBM). He also serves as a Chairman and Board Member in various companies.

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Karin Matthews

Deputy Executive Chairman
Head of Business Development and Marketing

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Karin Matthews

Deputy Executive Chairman
Head of Business Development and Marketing

Karin Matthews is the Deputy Executive Chairman and Head of Development and Marketing with over 25 years of experience in the retail and insurance market. In her roles, she assists with providing leadership and direction to the Board, while also leading the company in the direction of new opportunities. She is also one of the founding members of Finrite and is key to the growth of the organisation by communicating its unique and attractive position to stakeholders, pursuing and securing new opportunities, and supporting the development of high performance individuals within the company to ensure the business provides services in excellence.

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Reuben Olifant

Non-Executive Director
Chairman: HR and Transformation Committee

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Reuben Olifant

Non-Executive Director
Chairman: HR and Transformation Committee

Reuben Olifant is a Non-Executive Director Chairman focused on HR and Transformation to support the company's direction towards increased inclusivity and diversity at all levels. Reuben has a background in law and over 20 years of experience in the corporate and business space including managerial and executive roles in listed companies. Reuben is a serial entrepreneur and has founded and run various companies. He also has experience in the Manufacturing, Financial Services, Property Management, Fleet Management, and Food Distribution sectors. Reuben is the Current Africa Region-­‐ Learning Officer for YPO and immediate past Chairman of YPO Pretoria Chapter, Deputy Chairman of the Pretoria Business Chapter, Secretariat of Business Unity South Africa, and an active member of Invest Africa.

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The EXCO Members

Angelene Smit

Head of Finance

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Angelene Smit

Head of Finance

Angelene Smit is Head of Finance with over 29 years of experience in Accounting and Financial Management. In her role, she is responsible for the strategic decision making involved with the planning, organising, auditing, accounting, and management of the company's finances. Angelene ensures the company remains aligned with the strategic objectives of the board and stakeholders for growth in all areas, departmental, process, and digital.

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Ferdi van Zyl

Head of Sales

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Ferdi van Zyl

Head of Sales

Ferdi van Zyl is Head of Sales with over 21 years experience in Retail and Insurance, with 18 of the years spent working with retailers (Edcon) and in the Cell Captive environment (Hollard and Cell C). Ferdi also has experience in Internal and Computer Auditing. In his role, he works to grow the business, engage new, and retain old customers, while continuously engaging marketing, communications, and the IT departments to ensure shared insights are aligned with the objectives of the company.

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Nobuhle Chamane

Channel Manager: Repairs

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Nobuhle Chamane

Channel Manager: Repairs

Nobuhle Chamane is the Channel Manager for Repairs with over 10 years of experience in Risk Management, Project Management, and Coordination. Nobuhle is passionate about community building and throughout her career has worked to develop individuals in both the public and private sectors of the organisations where she has been involved. In her role, she works to ensure that the items that move through her department are assessed and repaired against the highest QA standards followed by regular inspection and continuous upgrading of the process to deliver the best service for customers.

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Valerie Parker

Channel Manager: Retail

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Valerie Parker

Channel Manager: Retail

Valerie Parker is the Channel Manager for Retail. She has a background in Accounting and Business Commerce with over 20 years of experience in the Retail and Telcos environment where she has worked with companies such as Hollard. In her role, she works to ensure the company delivers on targets for stakeholders while being in constant communication with both partners and staff. She manages and monitors process flows to ensure the company runs effectively in delivering its service to our customers.

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Eunice Bayly

Channel Manager: Telcos’

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Eunice Bayly

Channel Manager: Telcos’

Eunice Bayly is the Channel Manager for Telcos and has over 25 years of experience in the Insurance and Underwriting environment. She has worked with many large companies such as Santam Insurance, Aegis Insurance, Cellsure (Pty), and Vodacom Insurance. In her role, she works to manage and deliver excellent customer service informed by her expertise in the telcos space.

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Nthabiseng Shongwe

Head of Corporate Communications

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Nthabiseng Shongwe

Head of Corporate Communications

Nthabiseng Shongwe is the Head of Corporate Communications with over 10 years of experience in Marketing Communications, Content Creation, Strategy, and Operations. Nthabiseng has developed and distributed people-centered and behavioural change-orientated messaging through various channels and platforms to close gaps between customers' intention and behaviour. In her role, she seeks to increase brand awareness and impact through research and storytelling using traditional, digital and social media marketing strategies. She believes in dialogue and engagement as a tool for transformative learning both in individual and macro-environmental spaces.

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Aziz Khan

Sales Manager

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Aziz Khan

Sales Manager

Azizuddeen Khan is the Sales Manager with over 15 years of experience in Sales, Recruitment, Administration, Learning, and Development Facilitation. In his role, he works to manage targets, recruit, and motivate teams to execute their strategies to engage and maintain relationships with new and existing clients customers. He is currently studying Occupationally Directed Education Training and Development Practices.

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Chris van Zyl

Human Capital Manager

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Chris van Zyl

Human capital manager and training

Chris van Zyl is the Human Captial Manager with over 26 years of experience in Human Capital and Training. With an interest in Law, Chris is also passionate about people's well-being, education, and training. Chris believes in leading by example and in his role he seeks to ensure that everyone is given the space to develop.

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Samantha Hartebees

Operations Manager: Retail

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Samantha Hartebees

Operations Manager: Retail

Samantha Hartebees is the Operations Manager for Retail with 9 years of experience in the Insurance environment. In her role, Samantha works to ensure teams perform at their best while delivering excellence in service.

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Armand Briedenhann

Manager: Repairs