Senele Mbatha, the new CRO at Discovery


Discovery Vitality CFO Senele Mbatha has been promoted to the group's chief risk officer.

On 31 March, Discovery announced that it had appointed Senele Mbatha as its new chief risk officer (CRO). Senele has been working as Discovery Vitality's CFO since April 2018. 

"I am excited about the new opportunities that come with this role," Senele said about the appointment. 

“It has been an incredible journey as the CFO of Vitality, and I am grateful for the opportunities and experiences that have led me to this point,” he explained. “When I joined Discovery Vitality as CFO, I had no idea how my life, both personally and professionally, would change.”

He added that he has had fun in the role, looking back at his time with Discovery Vitality. Senele reminisced about endeavours to locate state-of-the-art Italian coffee machines that were stuck at the border and tasting pastries for guests at the airport lounge.

Discovery Vitality CFO Senele Mbatha

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He also spearheaded the launch of Vitality Travel, Discovery Lounge and Discovery Fast Tracks. “I wouldn’t trade the sleepless nights we spent managing partner challenges, both during Covid-19 and in the tough economic markets, for anything,” he added.

Discovery Vitality CFO Senele Mbatha

He explained that he is proud to be part of an organisation that does things so differently from the rest of the finance world, which has allowed him to be passionate about everything he does. “I have had the privilege of working with an incredible team and take this opportunity to express my gratitude to our CEO, Dinesh Govender, my colleagues, and our clients, for their support and trust in me.”

Senele also celebrated reaching his first 10km and 15km milestone runs in Vitality, announcing his plans to take on a half-marathon soon.

Discovery Vitality CFO Senele Mbatha

Of course, Discovery Vitality needs to still find a replacement candidate for the role, and applications for the position remain open. “While I’m sad to leave my team and Vitality, I look forward to handing over the reins to the next CFO, who will no doubt make a difference to Vitality,” Senele concluded.

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