Senele Mbatha


Job Title: CRO

Company: Discovery


Senele Mbatha was appointed CFO of Discovery Vitality in April 2019, and was promoted to the Discovery group's chief risk officer (CRO) in April 2023. Prior to this he worked at AIG for six years, first as a chief accounting officer and then as CFO. Senele got his professional start as an article clerk and then as a senior manager at EY. He has a BCom. Honours in Accounting from the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

2019 – 2023         CFO, Discovery Vitality
2017 – 2019          CFO, AIG
2013 – 2019          Chief Accounting Officer, AIG
2014 – 2017          Regulatory Officer, AIG
2008 – 2012          Senior Manager: Assurance - Fin Services, EY
2005 – 2007          Article Clerk, EY

2000 – 2003          BCom. Honours Accounting, University of KwaZulu-Natal

About Discovery: Discovery Limited is a South Africa-based financial services group that is listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange with its headquarters in Sandton. Discovery offers a range of products including medical aid administration, life insurance, credit cards and investments, underpinned with Vitality rewards. 

The company’s main clients are large-, medium-, and small-sized employers for health insurance, as well as individual clients who buy health and life insurance and investment products from it. Through its repeatable business model, the company exports the Discovery intellectual property to other industries and markets, including the UK, US, China, Singapore, and Australia. Discovery has more than 12 000 permanent employees and close to 10 million clients in 16 countries.


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