Life Healthcare appoints CA(SA) Peter Wharton-Hood as new group CEO

Peter will be taking over from acting CEO Pieter van der Westhuizen with effect from 1 September.

Life Healthcare has announced the appointment of Peter Wharton-Hood as its new group CEO and executive director of the company with effect from 1 September 2020. 

Peter will be taking over from Pieter van der Westhuizen, who has been serving as acting CEO.

According to a statement by the company, Peter is a seasoned and proven business leader with strong global experience in strategy and operational delivery in complex and evolving environments. He also gained “deep” experience in running retail businesses, operations and information technology while in executive positions with Standard Bank

During his time with Deutsche Bank in London, he was head of operations for the global markets division and subsequently global COO for the corporate and investment banking division, which included responsibility for technology and operations. He also managed the complex Brexit transition process for Deutsche Bank. 

Peter is a qualified CA(SA) and has completed the Harvard Advanced Management Programme.

Exiting chairman Mustaq Brey said:

“The board is delighted to welcome Peter to the company. Peter has a solid track record of successfully driving transformation programmes, both in South Africa and internationally, and has a genuine passion for diversity and inclusion. Peter also has strong experience in dealing with regulators across the globe. We have no doubt that his leadership will prove invaluable to the continued success and sustainability of Life Healthcare.”