ACHIM KLENNERT – Chairperson

Achim is the Hannover Re Africa Group’s CEO as well as the Chairman of Lireas. Achim was seconded from Germany for an initial 3 year contract. 10 years later Achim is almost now considered a ‘local’. He has over 20 years of reinsurance experience with the Hannover Re Group. He studied law at the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz and completed his articles at the Federal State of Rheinland Pfalz in Germany.

Achim saw the potential of Lireas very soon after his arrival as Group CEO, despite a large loan and some challenging, non performing investments. His belief in this business model coupled with his interest and support of Lireas has contributed in a large way to the Company’s success.

The team describes Achim as a fantastic lateral thinker who likes to challenge them with unexpected questions and ‘out the box’ thinking. Achim is never satisfied with second best and this motivates the team to achieve even more.

TAURAI MURANDA – Deputy Chairperson

Taurai has been associated with Lireas for the last 7 years both as a director and shareholder. She brings extensive private equity experience and knowhow to the team having worked previously at Ethos and Wiphold. Taurai is a qualified Chartered Accountant and  is also on the Boards of the other operating companies of Hannover Re Group Africa.

The Lireas Team describes Taurai as a truly value adding director and partner who never says ‘no’ to the many requests for her guidance and input. Taurai’s experience as a private equity player means that she asks the difficult questions (in a nice way) and will only be satisfied when she receives an acceptable answer.

MOHLABANI (BANI) KGOSANA – Non Executive Director

Bani is a certified SAP systems implementer with over 15 years of SAP implementation experience and has been on the Lireas Board for the past year. In addition to his role on the Lireas Board, Bani also sits on the Boards of the other operating companies of Hannover Re Group Africa as well as that of Britehouse Specialist SAP Division. With his extensive IT system implementation and business knowledge Bani brings a disciplined approach to new IT investment considerations. Bani chairs the Hannover Re Africa and group companies Information and Information Technology board sub-Committee (IITC) and is a member of the Hannover Re Africa and group company Risk Committees.


Marquerithe is a qualified Actuary who joined the Lireas Board in May 2013, at which time she also joined the Boards of the other operating companies of Hannover Re Group Africa. She brings a technical and risk assessment driven approach to new investment considerations. Marquerithe was a partner in the Actuarial Practice of Deloitte for 9 years where she was very involved in the Insurance Industry side of the practice having been (among other things) a Statutory Actuary for a number of insurance companies.

The Team describes Marquerithe as a technically skilled Board member that provides guidance and insights especially on matters relating to risk and capital assessments.

QUINTIN LANDMAN – Financial Director (Non-Executive Director)

Quintin is a qualified Chartered Accountant. He joined the Hannover Reinsurance Group in 2004 after spending 6 years with KPMG's Insurance Practise. In 2006 he was appointed to the Hannover Re Group Africa Exco with Finance and Taxation as main responsibility. In March 2013 Quintin was appointed as Finance Director of Hannover Reinsurance Group Africa, Hannover Reinsurance Africa, Hannover Life Reassurance Africa and Lireas Holdings.

VALERIE HAYTER – Managing Director

Valerie describes her role as the Lireas Managing Director as the near perfect job: leading a small team of highly professional and motivated guys, receiving the support of the large Hannover Re Group and private equity know how from Mahogany, whilst being challenged and driven by Lireas’ entrepreneurial partners.
She has ‘grown up’ in Lireas, having led the company since 1998. She joined the Hannover Re Group (previously Hollandia) in 1993 having completed her BCom at Wits.

In her view business is all about relationships and she values building lasting, mutually beneficial relationships with Lireas’ business partners and her colleagues. To Valerie there is nothing more satisfying than watching a start up grow and develop into a highly successful organisation knowing that Lireas had a hand in its success.
The team describes Val as a hands on leader. With her good understanding of the underwriting management agency model, she gives valuable strategic and business support to our partners. Her experience serves as a good framework to ensure success in this challenging market.  

She loves the intensity and challenge of a new deal or celebrating a milestone with her team and Lireas’ partners. Valerie is a sports addict and is a passionate participant and fan who doesn’t like losing. Her ideal holiday is spent in Southbroom, combining time on the beach with a few rounds of golf with her husband and 2 gorgeous boys.