CHRIS­TELLE FOURIE

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CEO OF MUA IN­SUR­ANCE

AC­CEP­TANCES Fourie is the CEO of MUA, one of South Africa’s lead­ing in­sur­ance un­der­writ­ers. She be­gan her ca­reer straight out of ma­tric as an un­der­writ­ing clerk at San­tam. By the age of 25, she was the found­ing man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of Thatch Risk Ac­cep­tances, af­ter which she joined MUA. Fourie briefly re­joined San­tam as the head of Per­sonal Lines Un­der­writ­ing be­fore re­turn­ing to MUA as MD and then be­com­ing CEO. I started work­ing the week af­ter I fin­ished my fi­nal ma­tric ex­ams, as there was sim­ply no money for univer­sity stud­ies. My big break in busi­ness was with­out a doubt when Steve Mur­phy, the MD of Hol­lan­dia Rein­sur­ance at the time, of­fered me the op­por­tu­nity to start an un­der­writ­ing agency spe­cial­is­ing in thatch risk in­sur­ance. When I started in this role, I did not even un­der­stand what an un­der­writ­ing agency was. When the board asked for a strate­gic plan or a staff per­for­mance man­age­ment plan, I went to busi­ness school, learnt the ba­sics and did it. The eight years at Thatch served as my “MBA in prac­tice” and shaped me for my fu­ture ca­reer de­vel­op­ment.

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