Two Etanans receive recognition at Cover Excellence Awards 2012
Etana is celebrating the recognition of two of our poweRED people: Marcel Wood, our head of Risk Management and Fatima Maharaj, our head of the Etana Academy. Each received recognition at The Insurance Conference at Sun City over the weekend for their “excellence and remarkable contributions” to the industry.
Cover editor Tony van Niekerk explains how the awards for personal achievement are divided: “They fall into four categories: Life risk, Short-term, the Intermediary Environment, and Underwriting Management. Last year we had a winner in each of the categories. However, based on discussions within the industry, this year we have two awards in each: one for lifetime achievement and another for really significant recent contributions.
“Cover magazine initiated the Cover Excellence Awards to recognise the exceptional contribution of individuals to the quality and integrity of our industry – those dedicated to excellence – because we believe they need to be acknowledged. This award focuses on the excellence of the individuals rather than the companies they work for which are recognised with accolades like the FIA Awards, Employer of the Year, and others.”
Marcel Wood received his award in the Short-term Insurance category. At the award ceremony the reasons for choosing Marcel were explained: “Marcel Wood, Head of Risk Management at Etana has creatively and generously shared his expertise with the insurance industry, including a host of intermediaries, to make a significant impact on how intermediaries manage their clients’ risks.”
Fatima Maharaj was recognised for her recent contributions to the intermediary environment. “Fatima Maharaj, Head of the Etana Academy is the creator of the only INSETA-approved e-learning qualification in the insurance industry, and has delivered 25 regulatory workshops to the broader intermediary fraternity. Her dedication to excellence will have an impact in the future.”
Etana salutes these incREDible people!
The judges’ criteria for these awards include contributions to the industry which bring:
- Innovation in product or service delivery
- An enhancement of the reputation of the industry
- The development of individuals and institutions
- Greater collaboration: For example, by representing the industry in discussions with other stakeholders
- Social upliftment, environmental sustainability, and transformation.