Life Healthcare Group appoints group CFO Pieter van der Westhuizen as acting CEO

Van der Westhuizen plans to continue delivering on the company's 2025 strategy.

On Friday 17 January Life Healthcare Group announced the appointment of its group CFO Pieter van der Westhuizen as the acting group CEO following the resignation of Dr Shey Viranna as CEO with immediate effect. 

Viranna has resigned to emigrate to Australia for personal and family reasons, but will remain with the company as a special advisor until 29 February to ensure a smooth transition. 

Van der Westhuizen will remain in his role as group CFO while serving as acting CEO. He has been with Life Healthcare for 20 years, the last five of which he served in his current role. 

About his appointment, Van der Westhuizen said: 

“We will continue delivering on our 2025 strategy with its unwavering focus on our patients, people, clinical quality and building an analytics-led, technologically-enabled group across all markets. I look forward to continuing working with the board and our management teams to ensure a smooth transition.”

About the appointment Life Healthcare Group chairman Mustaq Brey said: 

“Pieter has vast experience of the industry and Life Healthcare and, having also previously acted as CEO, will provide immediate strategic, operational and leadership continuity for the business as we start the new year.” 

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