Our story

BrightRock was started around a dining room in 2011 by a group of people with an entrepreneurial streak and a burning desire to change our industry for good – for the better, sustainably. Their aim? To create a new type of life insurance that would give clients and financial advisers the tools to co-create a solution that precisely meets their individual needs – even when those needs change.

Our founders

Schalk Malan

CEO
Schalk Malan, a qualified actuary, has 15 years’ experience in life insurance product development. He is the main architect behind...

Sean Hanlon

Executive Director, Sales and Distribution
Sean Hanlon has worked in senior positions in life insurance for over 25 years, particularly within the sales and distribution...

Leopold Malan

Executive Director, Processing
Leopold Malan has over 20 years’ experience in the IT sector, the majority of those years spent consulting and working...

Suzanne Stevens

Executive Director, Marketing
Suzanne Stevens has over 20 years’ experience in financial services. She leads a multidisciplinary, integrated marketing and communications team responsible...

Schalk Malan

CEO
Schalk Malan, a qualified actuary, has 15 years’ experience in life insurance product development. He is the main architect behind our world-first needs-matched product design. Schalk has been invited to speak internationally on BrightRock’s unique product structure and received the 2013 Cover Excellence Award in the Life – Risk category in recognition of BrightRock’s product innovation.

Sean Hanlon

Executive Director, Sales and Distribution
Sean Hanlon has worked in senior positions in life insurance for over 25 years, particularly within the sales and distribution environment. He has been involved with the setting-up and running of life insurance distribution channels for major insurers in South Africa and the UK. Sean heads up BrightRock’s distribution.

Leopold Malan

Executive Director, Processing
Leopold Malan has over 20 years’ experience in the IT sector, the majority of those years spent consulting and working within the financial services space. He heads up all BrightRock’s operations, administrative, IT and systems teams. The sophistication of the algorithms coded into these technology systems is a major competitive differentiator for BrightRock.

Suzanne Stevens

Executive Director, Marketing
Suzanne Stevens has over 20 years’ experience in financial services. She leads a multidisciplinary, integrated marketing and communications team responsible for all aspects of BrightRock’s marketing and brand delivery. Suzanne serves on several boards and was one of 10 women entrepreneurs chosen to participate in Ernst & Young’s Winning Entrepreneurial Women programme in 2013.

We have strong backing

BrightRock enjoys strong backing from our shareholders. Its majority shareholder, Sanlam, is a leading financial services group listed on the Johannesburg and Namibian Stock Exchanges. The Lombard insurance group is a leader in specialist risk insurance, operating in the construction, customs, fuel guarantees, mining rehabilitation guarantees and credit insurance markets.