Executive Management

The executive management teams of Mediclinic and its three operational business platforms in Southern Africa, Switzerland and the United Arab Emirates are committed to ensuring effective decision-making and execution of strategies.

Dr Ronnie van der Merwe

Chief Executive Officer

Nationality: South African

Dr Ronnie van der Merwe is a specialist anaesthetist who worked in the medical insurance industry before joining the Group in 1999 as Clinical Manager. He established the Clinical Information, Advanced Analytics, Health Information Management and Clinical Services functions at Mediclinic, and subsequently served as the Mediclinic Group’s Chief Clinical Officer. He was appointed as an executive director of Mediclinic International Limited in 2010 up to the combination of the businesses of the Company (then Al Noor Hospitals Group plc) and Mediclinic International Limited. He was appointed as the Chief Executive Officer from 1 June 2018. He serves as a non-executive director of Spire Healthcare Group plc from 24 May 2018.

Qualifications: Dr Van der Merwe holds a medical degree from the University of Stellenbosch (MB, Ch.B); a Diploma in Anaesthetics from the College of Anaesthetists of South Africa (DA (SA)); the Fellowship of the College of Anaesthetists of South Africa (FCA (SA)); and completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School.

Jurgens Myburgh

Chief Financial Officer

Nationality: South African

Mr Jurgens Myburgh was appointed as an executive director and Chief Financial Officer of the Company on 1 August 2016. Prior to joining the Mediclinic Group, he served as Chief Financial Officer at Datatec Limited, an international information and communications technology group, which operates in over 60 countries, and before that, worked at The Standard Bank of South Africa Limited as Executive Vice President of Investment Banking.

Qualifications: Mr Myburgh holds an Honours degree in Accounting from the University of Johannesburg (B.Comm. (Hons)); and is a qualified Chartered Accountant with the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants.

Gert Hattingh

Chief Corporate Services Officer

Nationality: South African

Mr Gert Hattingh joined the Mediclinic Group in 1991 as Group Accountant. He served in various management positions in the Group and was appointed as the company secretary in 2010 and Group Services Executive in 2011. Subsequent to the combination of the businesses of the Company (then Al Noor Hospitals Group plc) and Mediclinic International Limited in February 2016, he no longer serves as the company secretary, but holds the position of Chief Corporate Services Officer.

Qualifications: Mr Hattingh holds an Honours degree in Accountancy from the University of Stellenbosch (B.Acc. (Hons)); completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School; and is a qualified Chartered Accountant with the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants.

Dr René Toua

Chief Clinical Officer

Nationality:  South African

Dr René Toua is a medical practitioner who worked extensively in the private as well as the public healthcare industry. She started her career in primary healthcare, established a geriatric private primary care practice and worked in emergency medicine, including an academic trauma unit, for several years. She joined Mediclinic in 2006 and held the positions of Regional Clinical Manager and Clinical Data and Information Manager for Mediclinic Southern Africa. Subsequently, she served as the Group General Manager: Clinical Performance.  She also serves on the executive committee and board of trustees for Remedi, the in-house medical aid scheme, and is the chairperson of the medical advisory committee. She was appointed as the Chief Clinical Officer from 1 July 2018.

Qualifications: Dr Toua holds a medical degree from the University of Stellenbosch (MB ChB); M Phil EM (Patient Safety and Clinical Decision Making) from the University of Cape Town and has completed a certificate in Project Management from the University of Stellenbosch Business School.

Dr Dirk le Roux

Chief Information Officer

Nationality: South African

Dr Dirk le Roux joined Mediclinic in August 2014 as the Group ICT Executive. Prior to joining Mediclinic, he served in various managerial roles, including as managing director of ThinkWorx Consulting, Chief Information Officer at Media24, General Manager of IT Strategy and Risk at Absa Bank Limited, as well as the Head of IT at the Development Bank of Southern Africa.

Qualifications: Dr Le Roux holds a D.Com. (Informatics) degree from the University of Pretoria; a Master’s degree in Business Administration (cum laude); a Postgraduate Diploma in Data Metrics; and a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering.

Magnus Oetiker

Chief Human Resources Officer

Nationality: Swiss

Mr Magnus Oetiker was appointed as Chief Human Resources Officer of the Company in February 2018. Prior to joining Mediclinic, he was the Chief Executive Officer of a family-owned company in Switzerland with 13 business units in healthcare and in the catering industry from 2016. Prior to that, he served in various management positions from 2000 to 2016 within the Hirslanden group, where he was appointed as a member of Hirslanden’s Executive Committee in 2008 and acted as Chief Strategy Officer, including Human Resources.

Qualifications: Mr Oetiker holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the Zurich University of Applied Sciences, Switzerland; and an Executive Master of Business Administration from the University of Zurich, Switzerland.

Dr Ole Wiesinger

Chief Executive Officer: Hirslanden

Nationality: German and Swiss

Dr Ole Wiesinger joined the Hirslanden Private Hospital Group in 2004 as the Hospital Manager of Klinik Hirslanden. He was appointed as the Chief Executive Officer of the Hirslanden group and served as an executive director of Mediclinic International Limited from 2008 up to the combination of the businesses of the Company (then Al Noor Hospitals Group plc) and Mediclinic International Limited. Prior to joining Hirslanden, he served in various management positions of the Euromed AG in Germany from 1995 and was appointed as the Chief Executive Officer of Euromed AG from 2003 to 2004.

Qualifications: Dr Wiesinger holds a doctorate in medicine from the University of Erlangen, Germany (Ph.D.); and a Postgraduate Diploma in Health Economics from the European Business School, Germany.

Koert Pretorius

Chief Executive Officer: Mediclinic Southern Africa

Nationality: South African

Mr Koert Pretorius joined the Group in 1998 as the regional manager of the central region of Mediclinic’s operations in South Africa, after which he was appointed as the Chief Operating Officer of the Mediclinic Group in 2003. He was appointed as the Chief Executive Officer of Mediclinic Southern Africa in 2008 and served as an executive director of Mediclinic International Limited in 2006 up to the combination of the businesses of the Company (then Al Noor Hospitals Group plc) and Mediclinic International Limited.

Qualifications: Mr Pretorius holds a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting Science from the University of the Free State (B.Compt.); and a Master’s degree of Business Leadership from the University of South Africa (MBL).

David Hadley

Chief Executive Officer: Mediclinic Middle East

Nationality: British

Mr David Hadley joined the Mediclinic Group in 1993, and worked in a variety of administrative roles in human resources, finance, operations and hospital management before being seconded to Dubai in 2007 to oversee the opening of Mediclinic City Hospital. He was appointed as the Chief Executive Officer of Mediclinic Middle East in 2009 and has served as a member of Mediclinic’s Executive Committee since 2011.

Qualifications: Mr Hadley holds a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce from the University of South Africa; and a Master’s degree in Business Administration (with distinction) from the University of Liverpool.