The senior management team of the Mauritius Union Group forms the Executive Committee has been constituted to manage business issues, opportunities and threats that have cross-divisional implications or are considered as material and/or sensitive for the Mauritius Union Group.
The Committee is the executive decision-making body of the Mauritius Union Group and it acts as the primary forum through which decisions of a transverse nature are taken. To effectively address matters of relevance to its duties and responsibilities, the Committee has set up appropriate management sub-committees which provide comprehensive evaluation on key issues for members of the Executive Committee to reach informed decisions.
The Executive Committee of the Mauritius Union Group, which is chaired by the CEO,consists of the following senior management team members:
Bertrand Casteres, born in 1978, holds a Master’s degree in applied mathematics, actuarial science and finance and an Executive MBA from HE C (Paris).
Mr Casteres has worked for major insurance companies in Europe. Before joining the Mauritius Union Group in January 2012 as head of internal audit, he worked in the internal audit department of Aviva Europe as audit senior manager in the financial management and actuarial audit department, conducting internal audit reviews in actuarial processes across Aviva’s European subsidiaries. He was also involved in the implementation of Solvency II EU Directive within the Aviva Group.
Mr Casteres was appointed CEO Designate of the Mauritius Union Assurance Cy Ltd on 1 January 2013 and CEO in January 2015.
Mrs Ahnee, born in 1972, holds an LLB (Hons) degree from the University of Mauritius and was Major de Promotion for her master’s thesis on The Conflict of Laws in Private International Law. She worked at the Chambers of Me Edwin Venchard, QC and contributed to the updating of the Statutory Laws of Mauritius and of the Mauritius Reports. She has successfully completed the Quality Management System Auditor/ Lead Auditor course.
Mrs Ahnee joined La Prudence (Mauricienne) Assurances Ltee in 2000 as Claims Manager of the General Business. She is a director of Fondation Mauritius Union Ltd. She holds the position of Head of Group Risk, Legal and Compliance since January 2014.
Mr. Baldowa born in 1972, holder of a degree in Business Management, has been in the insurance industry since 1992 when he joined Mauritius Union Assurance Company Limited and where he held number of positions. Mekraj is a Certified Practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Programming approved by the American Board of NLP, USA.
In May 2013, the Group appointed him as the Group Human resources Manager and he was promoted to the position of Group Head of Human Resources in January 2015.
Significantly involved in our Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), Mr. Baldowa is a director of Foundation Mauritius Union Ltd (FMU). He was in the past President of MACOSS an umbrella organization of NGOs in Mauritius.
Mr Cluzeau, born in 1964, holds a DESS in Information Systems and a Master Management in Insurance. He has over 25 years’ experience in the insurance industry, 19 of which were spent with AXA. Whilst at AXA, he gained considerable experience in diverse fields, including information systems, business development, subscriptions, management, support services and strategy. This gives him a 360° perspective on the insurance value chain.
Mr Cluzeau held a number of posts within the AXA group, including Head of Individual Clients for AXA France South East, General Secretary of Nationale Suisse Assurance France, Director of Strategy, Steering and Support Services (Health & Prevention). His career has taken him to Algeria and Reunion, before joining Mauritius Union in June 2016 as Head of General Insurance.
Mr Foo-Kune, born in 1967, is a Chartered Accountant having graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce and a Bachelor of Accountancy from the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa. He worked for Levenstein & Partners, a medium-size auditing firm in South Africa, from 1992 to 1995. He left the firm to work for Symo Corporation Ltd, a manufacturing group of companies in Johannesburg, as accountant from 1995 to 1996. In 1996, he joined IBM South Africa as senior financial analyst and was responsible for the financial operations of several business units within the company.
He left IBM in 1998 to join La Prudence (Mauricienne) Assurances Ltee as Financial Manager. In 2010, when The Mauritius Union Assurance Cy. Ltd merged with La Prudence (Mauricienne) Assurances Ltee, he was appointed Senior Manager in charge of the Finance and Accounting department of the Group.
Mr Gokulsing, born in 1970, holds a BA in accounting and finance from the University of Leeds and an MBA from Warwick Business School. He is also a Fellow Member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (FCCA). He started his career in the audit and advisory services division of PwC in 1993. In 1997, he joined Cim Stockbrokers as Head of Research and was General Manager from 2000 to 2002.
Mr Gokulsing moved within the Cim group as Head of Finance of Cim Insurance from 2002 to 2007 and as Chief Operations Officer and executive director of Cim Insurance and Cim Life from 2009 to 2011. He also spent one year as Managing Director of Cim Property Fund Management in 2008 to launch Ascencia Ltd.
He joined Mauritius Union in 2012. Mr Gokulsing served as Director of the Stock Exchange of Mauritius Ltd from 2000 to 2002. He was appointed as Managing Director of La Prudence Life Insurance effective January 2015. He is currently a director of the National Mutual Fund Ltd.
Mr Houdet, born in 1955, is a chartered insurer with considerable experience in the insurance sector. He has started his career in 1976 in the Marine Underwriting and Claims departments at Albatross Insurance Co. ltd and has steadily moved up of the corporate ladder within the company.
In 2007, he was named as the Head of Operations General Insurance, and following the merger of Cim Insurance with Swan in 2012, was the Manager – Integration Support at Swan Insurance.
Mr Houdet has joined the Mauritius Union Group as the Senior Manager of the Claims (General Insurance) department from January to December 2014, and has been appointed as Head of Underwriting effective 1 January 2015.
Mr Katz, born in 1983, holds a Master in Management and a Diplome de Grande Ecole from ESCP Europe (Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de Paris), where he followed the European Track (Paris-London-Berlin). He started his career in 2006 with the American bank JPMorgan in Paris as an Analyst in Investment Management for family owned businesses and ultra high networth individuals.
He joined La Prudence (Mauricienne) Assurances in 2009 as the Manager of Feber Associates, a wholly-owned subsidiary dedicated to corporate pension, investments and actuarial services. While still being the Manager of Feber Associates, Mr Katz has been progressively given increasing responsibilities within the Mauritius Union Group. In 2013, he was appointed as the Manager of the National Mutual Fund, and in 2014, he became in charge of the Strategic Marketing. Beginning 2015, Mr Katz has been appointed as the Head of Strategy & Financial Services for the Mauritius Union Group. He is also a Director of Feber Associates, National Mutual Fund and Fondation Mauritius Union.
Mr Marie, born in 1960, holds an MBA and is an Associate of the Chartered Insurance Institute,
London. He worked for the Anglo-Mauritius Assurance Society Ltd from 1979 to 1993 where he acquired broad experience in the long-term insurance business both in the individual life and the pension business. He joined Albatross Insurance in 1993 to develop the long-term individual assurance products and was appointed technicalmanager for Life and Pension in 2001.
He joined La Prudence (Mauricienne) Assurances Ltee in August 2006 as technical manager of the Life and Pension department and is currently in charge of the operations side of La Prudence Life Insurance. Mr. Marie is also a director of Fondation Mauritius Union Ltd.
Mr. Musbally, born in 1969, graduated in 1993 from City University, London in Insurance & Investment. He holds an MBA from Imperial College, London, and is a Fellow of the Chartered Insurance Institute (CII).
He worked as Management Consultant at Kemp Chatteris Deloitte & Touche before joining La Prudence (Mauricienne) Assurances Ltée in 1997 to manage and develop its health insurance department, a post which he held until 2004, when he was appointed Chief Operations Officer – General Insurance.
Mr Musbally kept the same position after the merger of LPM/MUA activities in 2010, and in January 2012 he took the responsibility of the Underwriting Department of the General Insurance. In January 2014, he was promoted to Head of General Insurance. He was appointed Group Managing Director of Phoenix of East Africa in April 2016.
Mr Sewnundun, born in 1974, graduated in computer science and engineering at the University of Mauritius. He also holds an MBA in marketing from the same university. He joined J. Kalachand & Co. Ltd in 1998 where he worked as systems manager and later as sales manager.
He was recruited in May 2005 as Head of Information Systems and appointed senior manager in January 2008.
Mr. Wong, born in 1982, graduated with First Class Honours from the London School of Economics and Political Science. His fields of study included Risk Theory, Actuarial Mathematics, Applied Statistics and Structured Finance. He is a Fellow and Graduate Statistician of the Royal Statistical Society of London, and a Certified Insurance Professional and Associate of the Australian and New Zealand Institute of Insurance and Finance.
He joined The Mauritius Union Assurance Cy. Ltd in January 2009 as Reinsurance Manager and was appointed Senior Manager –Technical Reinsurance in July 2012. Prior to joining Mauritius Union, Mr Wong held various positions in reinsurance broking, investment banking, and marketing both in Mauritius and London.