Ten years ago, four senior executives at Discovery left the medical insurance group to start a venture of their own, based on a new model for life assurance. Armed with a mantra about living and loving change, Schalk Malan, Sean Hanlon, Suzanne Stevens and Leopold Malan planned to use tech to offer needs-matched products that would allow individuals to shift their financial solutions as their lives change. With that, BrightRock was born.

A decade on, the Sandton-based company employs 700 people, insures 2.8-million and has laid claim to nearly 15% of the total life assurance market in SA. It’s the third-biggest life insurer in new business written by independent brokers, behind only Momentum and Discovery — and then "just by a short little nick", company CEO Schalk Malan tells the FM...

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