Councillor Profile: Marketing Portfolio
Natasha Maroun – Head: IIG Marketing Portfolio
Natasha has served on the IIG Council since 2018, first as the marketing councilor and later that year as the head of marketing, a portfolio that she has continued to fulfill this year.
Natasha is passionate about the industry, particularly the development of young talent. Having joined the industry as a graduate more than 25 years ago, she understands all too well what a newbie needs to get a head start in what has proven to be a fulfilling career to date. Having obtained her law degrees at the University of Johannesburg, Natasha started her career as a broker, moved to Hannover Re as a graduate trainee and, having completed the graduate programme, she spent a few years in the treaty department. Her next move was to Lireas where she represented the company on the Boards of the Underwriting Managers with whom they had partnered.
In 2010, Natasha obtained a shareholding in Gem & Jewel Acceptances where she assumed the position of managing director, a role she held until the company was sold to Bryte some six years later. Natasha’s next venture, in 2015, was to join Bryte as National Head of Jewellery, Fine Art & Specie where, in addition to this role, she has been caretaking the Specialist Motor division since January 2019.
Natasha is committed to attracting bright young talent to the insurance industry and currently has 12 Maharishi graduates assisting her in Specialist Motor. The Maharishi Institute, with whom Bryte has partnered to drive inclusive sector transformation, is a learning institution that offers free education to black South African youth who come from previously disadvantaged communities.
Personally, Natasha is passionate about family, all things bling and precious. She also enjoys travelling especially discovering new local spots, getting involved in community projects and hiking and walking.
‘In seeking happiness for others, you will find it in yourself’ – Unknown
Precious Nduli – Marketing Portfolio Councillor
Precious Nduli is currently the Head of Technical Marketing and Vitality Drive engagement at Discovery Insure reporting directly to the Chief Executive. Her experience spans product development and corporate strategy. Precious holds a MBA from the University Of Cape Town Graduate School Of Business where she was a Bertha Scholar, which is a person who holds the Bertha Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship scholarship award. She also holds a Bachelor of Science in Actuarial Science from University of the Witwatersrand and a Bachelor of Commerce Honours in Financial Analysis and Portfolio Management from UCT. She is passionate about business having a social impact, particularly around improving access to financial services.
She joined the Insurance Institute of Gauteng council in January this year, a role that she wishes to use to make a positive impact on the insurance industry. She is also a former global shaper of the World Economic Forum (Cape Town Hub). She was also an executive member of the Association for South African Black Actuarial Professionals (ASABA) and Chairperson and Co-founder of the Actuarial Women’s committee that aims to increase the number of female actuaries in the country.
She has been recently recognised by the Mail & Guardian as one of the top 200 young South Africans for 2018.
Nontuthuko Mhlungu – Marketing Portfolio Councillor
Nontuthuko Mhlungu is a vibrant and energetic professional, working as a PR, Brand and Marketing Manager at Stalker Hutchison Admiral Risk Specialists. Her role involves looking after the company’s brand and positioning it as a thought leader within the short-term insurance industry.
She Holds an LLB degree from the University of Pretoria, and is an Admitted Attorney of the High Court. Nontuthuko got her first taste of the Insurance industry when she served her articles of clerkship in the Law Firm’s Insurance department.
After completing her articles, Nontuthuko went on to become a Claims Specialist in the Liability Division at SHA. A year into her role as a Claims Specialist, she resigned from SHA to go pursue Public speaking and Personal Development Coaching on a full-time basis. She has since given talks to hundreds of high school and tertiary students in KwaZulu Natal and Gauteng, facilitated workshops for executives, and given various talks at corporate events. She is also a freelance facilitator for Linda Coetzee and Associates, as well as the Giving Wings Youth Development programme.
Nontuthuko is passionate about women empowerment in society – but especially in the corporate world. She has coached and continues to coach many women who engage in self sabotaging habits that stifle career growth and advancement. She has been featured on various media platforms, i.e. TV, radio and print.
In April 2017, Nontuthuko returned to SHA, and made the leap from legal to PR and Digital, when she was appointed as the PR and Digital Distributions Specialist. During her time in this role, Nontuthuko wore two hats – the one relating to PR and Brand, and the other an underwriting hat. Nontuthuko thoroughly enjoyed working as an underwriter in the Tech Driven Digital Distributions Division – also the newest division at SHA aimed at SME’s.
Nontuthuko’s hard work and resilience saw her taking 3rd pIace in the IIG Class of 2018, programme. Hot on the heels of completing the Class Of programme, Nontuthuko was nominated by her CEO, Gareth Beaver, and direct reporting manager, Simon Colman, to put her hand up for IIG Council member. She was successfully nominated by the council, and is now a co-opted member of the IIG, and is serving on the Marketing portfolio.
Nontuthuko may be the Brand Manager at SHA, however she is also a subject matter expert on Personal Brand Management. The answer to “What do people say about you when you leave the room?” is a surefire way to determine one’s personal brand. Nontuthuko is also very proud to have co-led the rebranding of SHA, which is also the oldest UMA in the country.
Having realised the importance and benefits of being intentional about crafting her own personal brand, Nontuthuko is encouraged and passionate about helping other women do the same. She is currently studying towards a Brand and Marketing Management course through Vega.
Riccardo Raciti – Co-opted Marketing Portfolio Member
Riccardo started his career as a life insurance broker in Cape Town, where he gained first-hand experience on what it takes to be an intermediary. He later went on to work for a leading insurance media company for several years which enabled him to build a holistic view of the insurance industry and apply the skills he learnt after completing his Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Brand Leadership and various digital marketing courses.
His passion for the insurance industry has recently seen him move to Gauteng from the mother city to take up the position as the brand manager at Oakhurst Insurance as well as join the IIG as an ambassodorial member.
Riccardo has travelled extensively and in addition to attending conferences overseas (his highlight being Uganda), he counts himself lucky enough to have attended two IIG International trips. These have taken him to London, Munich, Hong Kong and Singapore to visit large international brokerages, insurers and reinsurers.
In his spare time, Riccardo likes to go paddling, travelling, reading and spending time with his boisterous Italian family.