International Panel Judges

Brett Tromp
CFO, Discovery Health

Brett Tromp is a qualified Chartered Accountant (CA SA), holds an Honours degree in Accounting, and is a graduate of the University of Oxford – Said Business School - Executive Leadership Programme. He has been the Chief Financial Officer of Discovery Health – South Africa’s largest Health Insurer since 2007. He also doubles as the CEO of Discovery Health Care Services, another subsidiary within the Discovery Group, a JSE-listed multinational financial services company –with operations in South Africa, UK, China and US. He was named South Africa’s Young (under 40) CFO of the Year 2015 and also scooped the award for the best High performing Finance team. Brett’s experience runs over 15 years –in mainstream financial management and other management functions, with significant international health insurance exposure, obtained during his travels into Africa, US, UK and Europe. 

Brett regularly deals with Governments in Africa and is spearheading change in corporate reporting to include Health metrics in company reports -both in South Africa and the SADC region. He has a passion for people and leadership and has done various keynote speaking around the world. For his passion to guide Africa’s next generation of CFOs and business leaders, Brett was featured in The Future CFO June Edition –a magazine dedicated to informing the career decisions of future finance and business leaders now studying at Universities and High Schools in South Africa and across the continent!

Why did we select Brett to serve on our international panel of judges?

Brett is new addition in our international panel of judges, he is not only superbly qualified -academically and professionally, he is an international executive at the forefront of the kind of strategic finance, business and leadership decisions that the teams have been tasked to solve. 

In particular, our case company, AMANGO, as a global metals and mining giant, is seeking to implement a huge turnaround strategy -on the back of mounting debt, occasioned by a severe commodity price plunge. It needs to effect changes to its internal performance reporting systems -to prevent unethical and dysfunctional behaviour; there is plenty of political risk to go around: first –rising indigenous activity in Canada requires Joint Venture arrangements to be structured –and second, an activist pro-black empowerment government in South Africa is threatening to scare off international investors from the sector. Then, integrated reporting issues have emanated (-in AMANGO’s Canadian and Australian operations) –social and environmental reporting matrixes need to be evaluated and recalibrated, to help maintain AMANGO’s global standing for sustainability reporting. 

The CFO Project Board had to scan the market, in search of a consummate business leader with expertise and track record of dealings with governments in Africa –someone with a track record of change in corporate social reporting practices, but with the all-round business savvy, to challenge the teams on stage with tough questions. Brett brings these credentials to our international panel of judges -and as such, we were delighted at his agreement to serve!

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