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Gavin Kandier Chief Information Officer at Constantia Insurance Company


1. Personal summary  

Strategist, Digital Evangelist, Pragmatist

2. Career trajectory

Over the past two decades Gavin Kandier has had a varied career in IT, working across a wide spectrum of disciplines, from Software Development to Infrastructure & Operations, Project Management to Enterprise Architecture, as well as Risk Management, Financial optimisation, Data mining and overall IT Strategy. In recent years, the Digital Transformation of businesses has been a key focus area for him.

He has held a number of senior leadership roles in blue-chip corporates in the financial services arena, mostly in Banking and Insurance.

Personal philosophy: “If you are not thinking big, you’re not thinking enough.”

3. Current role

As the Executive accountable for IT Strategy, Operations and Business Transformation through technology and innovation, Kandier is responsible for maintaining and optimising the current core technology landscape, as well as for building a new set of digital capabilities that will rapidly transform the organisation. Kandier’s role also requires him to act as a change catalyst, to progress the company’s culture to a proactive, responsive and agile paradigm.

Quotes :

“Accelerated disruption of traditional businesses by the innovative use of technology is changing the way business leaders think and operate,” he says. “All organisations needs to innovate and adapt,just to keep pace.” Kandier believes the best way to solve this is by building a culture of proactive innovation and transformation, to stay ahead of the curve.

“The rise of consumer-driven on-demand business products, delivered by digital channels, is the number one trend changing all businesses, not least of all financial services,” says Kandier.

4. Company overview

The Constantia Insurance Group, established in 1952, offers tailored Risk solutions including commercial and personal products in Short-term, Life and Health insurance and InsureTech markets. Constantia Insurance believes that it will positively impact the insurance landscape of South Africa, as it establishes itself as a key market player.

“At Constantia Insurance Group, we have always been a company who believes in seeking innovative, new ways of doing things, while not losing sight of what experience has taught us. This wisdom comes from more than 65 years of making insurance personal. Our Group is 100% owned by Conduit Risk and Insurance Holdings (Pty) Ltd and boasts three offices across South Africa, with a highly skilled and knowledgeable staff compliment of 227. We offer our clients a range of business, personal asset, health, legal and life insurance products, and we have recently been upgraded by the Global Credit Ratings company from A- to A with a stable outlook. At Constantia Insurance we are obsessed with taking care of the details, as we believe that it is only in taking care of every detail that the bigger picture can be addressed. It is this hands-on commitment that allows us to create truly tailor-made insurance to suit our clients’ individual needs. We continue striving to make a positive impact on the South African insurance industry by becoming a key player who swiftly develops unique services and tailor-made innovation.”

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