Ferdi van Heerden - Chief Executive Officer

Ferdi van Heerden joined Momentum in August 2010 from Switzerland, where he was chief executive of a new start-up insurance venture. Before his three years in Switzerland, he held a number of senior executive positions in Momentum Metropolitan Holdings Limited, which is one of the three-largest life insurance and investment groups in South Africa, and the FirstRand Group – both in the 30-largest listed companies on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange. During his career of almost 20 years with the group, his responsibilities included being head of Momentum’s individual life operation, the private pension fund administration business and FirstRand’s consumer banking division. Ferdi has more than 25 years’ experience in the life and pensions industry.

Ferdi studied mathematics, statistic, and actuarial sciences and holds a BSc and BSc Honours degree from the University of Port Elizabeth. He also completed an Advanced Management Programme at Insead Business School in France and has a post-graduate diploma in management from the Henley Business School.