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​Lambrechts will succeed Mr Ian Kirk, who has been appointed as Sanlam's Deputy Group Chief Executive from 1 January 2015.

Over the past 12 years at the helm of SPF, Sanlam's South African retail business, Lambrechts has successfully led the Group's biggest business through extensive regulatory changes.

An actuary, she also holds a B.Sc. Honours (cum laude) in applied mathematics from the University of Stellenbosch. She is a member of the Marketing and Distribution Board Committee of the Association for Savings & Investment South Africa. Throughout her career at Sanlam she has demonstrated the capacity to build and grow the business as well as the ability to work with people.

Says Sanlam Group Chief Executive, Dr Johan van Zyl: "On behalf of the Sanlam Group Executive Committee, I wish to congratulate Lizé on her new position and thank her for her contribution and leadership which has seen SPF consistently perform over the years to become one of the leading retail financial services groups in South Africa. Her appointment is a well-deserved recognition and achievement. I have no doubt that her extensive experience and proven leadership skills will stand her in good stead at Santam. It has been a great honour to work with her and we wish her well."

Commenting on her appointment, Lambrechts said: “I am pleased to take up this new opportunity and wish to thank the Santam Board for their confidence in me. I look forward to working with the Santam team to continue growing and adding value to the solid business that has been established there. I am grateful to the Sanlam Board, the Executive and staff for their incredible support.”

Sanlam would announce the appointment of the new Sanlam Personal Finance Chief Executive in due course, Van Zyl concluded.

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