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Mr Crispin Sonn


POSITION: Director and shareholder of Gamiro Holdings

 

Crispin Sonn is a Director and shareholder of Gamiro Holdings and CEO of Gamiro ISI (Insights: Solutions: Implementation).

Until July 2014, Crispin was the Managing Director of the Retail Mass Cluster of businesses at Old Mutual. This business unit employed more than 7500 people and included the lending, group insurance, iWyze short term insurance and Foundation market business units. It is a business that delivers multi billion rand profits to the group annually.

Prior to this he occupied the role of Director of Marketing, Corporate Affairs, and Communications for Old Mutual Emerging Markets, and prior to that he was the executive General Manager for Personal Financial Advice and Private wealth.

Crispin was at Old Mutual for 11 years and prior to that he was CEO and founder of a range of entrepreneurial ventures in IT and Financial services.

He graduated with BA in Social Science and Humanities from UCT in 1990, completed an Honours degree in Business and Administration at Stellenbosch Business School in 1992 and completed the Advanced Management Program (AMP) at Harvard Business School in 2013.

He is chairperson of Foodbank South Africa, an organisation which feeds 119 000 South Africans nationally and on a daily basis.

He is the non-executive Chairman of the Old Mutual Foundation which makes disbursements of R80 million a year to projects in Education, Enterprise Development, Skills Development and Staff Volunteerism initiatives.

He serves as a non-executive director on the boards of Frontier Rare Earths in Luxembourg, he is the chairman of Inclusivity Solutions, which is part of the Reinsurance Group of America (RGA) and he is a member of the Board of Advisors at the Graduate School of business at the University of Cape Town.

He was the recipient of the Christo Wiese Medal for Enterprise from Die Suid Afrikaanse Akademie vir Wetenskap en Kuns in 2000.

He was the recipient of the Jaycee Awards for Outstanding young South Africans in the Western Cape in 2001.

He is married and has four children. He is an avid Western Province / Stormers fan and is a regular runner and cyclist.

 

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