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.