Group executive management
Dr Shrey Viranna
Shrey is a medical doctor by training and has extensive experience in the healthcare industry having worked with leading healthcare organisations both locally and globally. He moved out of clinical practice to join McKinsey & Co where he worked for 12 years. Shrey gained extensive international exposure working in East Africa, southern Africa, India and the UK including advising on M&A transactions. Shrey joined Discovery in 2013 and served as the CEO for Discovery Vitality and Discovery Card. He has been responsible for driving profitable growth in these businesses. He assumed the role of Group Chief Executive Officer in February 2018.
Pieter van der Westhuizen
South African – CA(SA)
Pieter completed his training contract and qualified as a chartered accountant in 1996 at PricewaterhouseCoopers Inc. He joined President Medical Investments Limited (Presmed) in 1999, which became part of Afrox Healthcare Limited. Pieter performed various roles in the finance department of Afrox Healthcare and played a significant role in Afrox Healthcare’s delisting in 2005, and its subsequent relisting as Life Healthcare in 2010. He was appointed as Group Chief Financial Officer in 2013. He assumed the role of Acting Group CEO in June 2017.
Group Investor Relations Executive & Chief Executive Officer – SA
Adam’s responsibilities include strategy, investor relations and health policy. He joined Life Healthcare in 2003, and has had a number of executive roles, including marketing and funder relations. Adam serves on the boards of Max Healthcare and Scanmed S.A. He was previously marketing director at HealthBridge. He was appointed to the role of Chief Executive Officer – SA in July 2018.
Mark joined the AMG Advisory Board in February 2016 as Regional Managing Director responsible for the operational and business development of the business. He was appointed AMG UK managing Director in April 2017. Prior to joining Alliance Medical he worked as COO for Playnation Limited, a high growth private equity backed business which was successfully transacted in 2015. He has also worked in a number of senior operational and commercial roles within the NHS and as Regional Operations Director with Punch Taverns Plc. Mark was appointed to the role of International CEO in June 2019.
Group Strategic Planning Executive
Bachelor of Economic Science (University of Witwatersrand)
Brett is a qualified actuary with a background in health insurance; capital management and wellness; loyalty and rewards programmes; business planning; and strategy. He previously held the role of Chief Actuary, Discovery Vitality since 2014. Brett joined Discovery in 2001 and held actuarial and finance management positions. His prior experience includes actuarial roles at Fedsure Health, Alexander Forbes and Liberty Life. He was appointed to the role of Group Strategic Planning Executive in July 2018.
Group Operations Executive
BCom Hons (Economics) cum laude (UCT); MSc (Economics) cum laude (London School of Economics)
Tanya previously held the role of Head of Strategy Execution, Investec Private Bank from 2016. Tanya joined Investec Private Bank in 2009 and was promoted to Head of Leadership and Development. She was later appointed as Head of HR with responsibilities in SA and UK in 2012. Prior to that, she worked in consulting with both Accenture and McKinsey. She was appointed to the role of Group Integration and People Executive in June 2018.
Group Company Secretary
Masters Degree – Political Science and International Relations (UKZN)
Avanthi has over 19 years’ experience in the areas of governance, ethics, risk and compliance, having served as a Group Company Secretary for numerous JSE listed companies, including Implats and Kumba. Avanthi has most recently run her own governance consultancy, focusing on assisting listed companies in areas specific to strategic governance. She has presented at numerous workshops and conferences in relation to her areas of expertise. Avanthi was appointed to the role of Group Company Secretary in March 2019.
Group Chief Digital Officer
Diploma: Electronic Engineering (UKZN); Diploma: Datametrics (UNISA; Masters: Business Information Systems (NMMU)
Suren joins Life Healthcare Group from Absa Group Limited, where he held the position of Chief Data Officer. He has over 25 years’ experience in technology, digital and data, having held senior positions within various multinational organisations including Dell Computers, IBM and Accenture. Suren was appointed to the role of Group Chief Digital Officer in March 2019.