Executive Management

The Group Executive Committee of Mediclinic and the divisional executive committees of its divisions in Switzerland, Southern Africa and the United Arab Emirates are committed to ensuring effective decision-making and strategy execution.

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 Company in 1999 as Clinical Manager. He established the Advanced Analytics, Clinical Information, Clinical Services and Health Information Management functions at Mediclinic, and subsequently served as the Group’s Chief Clinical Officer. He was appointed as an executive Director of Mediclinic International Ltd in 2010 up to the acquisition of Al Noor Hospitals Group plc. He was appointed as an executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of Mediclinic, with effect from 1 June 2018 and has also served on Spire’s Board of Directors as a non-executive Director from 24 May 2018.

Qualifications: Dr van der Merwe holds an MBChB (Stellenbosch University); a DA (SA) (College of Anaesthetists of South Africa); the FCA (SA) (Fellowship of the College of Anaesthetists of South Africa); and completed the AMP (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 Mediclinic, he served as Chief Financial Officer at Datatec Ltd, an international ICT group, and before that, as Executive Vice President of Investment Banking at The Standard Bank of South Africa Ltd.

Qualifications: Mr Myburgh holds a BComm Hons in Accounting (University of Johannesburg) and is a qualified Chartered Accountant registered with the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants.

Gert Hattingh

Chief Corporate Services Officer

Nationality: South African

Mr Gert Hattingh joined Mediclinic in 1991 as Group Accountant. He served in various management positions across the Group and was appointed as Company Secretary in 2000 and Group Services Executive in 2011. Subsequent to the acquisition of Al Noor Hospitals Group plc in February 2016, he holds the position of Chief Corporate Services Officer.

Qualifications: Mr Hattingh holds a BAcc Hons (Stellenbosch University); completed the AMP (Harvard Business School); and is a qualified Chartered Accountant registered with the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants.    

Dr Dirk le Roux

Chief Information Officer

Nationality: South African

Dr Dirk le Roux joined Mediclinic in August 2014 as the Group Information and Communications Technology 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 Ltd, as well as the Head of IT at the Development Bank of Southern Africa.

Qualifications: Dr le Roux holds a DComm in Informatics (University of Pretoria); an MBA cum laude (Potchefstroom University for Christian Higher Education); a PgDip in Data Metrics (Unisa); and a BEng in Civil Engineering (University of Pretoria).

Magnus Oetiker

Chief Human Resources and Corporate Development Officer

Nationality: Swiss

Mr Magnus Oetiker worked for Hirslanden in various management positions from 2000–2016. He served on this division’s executive committee from 2008 in various roles, while also taking responsibility for human resource management. During his last two years at Hirslanden, he acted as Chief Strategy Officer. In 2016, he joined a family-owned company in Switzerland with interests in healthcare and catering as Chief Executive Officer. In February 2018, he was appointed Chief Human Resources Officer of Mediclinic.

Qualifications: Mr Oetiker holds a BSc in Business Administration (Zürich University of Applied Sciences) and an Executive MBA (University of Zürich).

Dr René Toua

Chief Clinical Officer

Nationality:  South African

Dr René Toua is a medical practitioner with extensive experience in private and public healthcare. She started her career in primary healthcare, established a geriatric private primary care practice and working in emergency medicine, including at 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 sits 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 Chief Clinical Officer with effect from 1 July 2018.

Qualifications: Dr Toua holds an MBChB (Stellenbosch University); an MPhil in Emergency Medicine (Patient Safety and Clinical Decision Making) (University of Cape Town); and a PgCert in Project Management (Stellenbosch University Business School).    

Dr Daniel Liedtke

Chief Executive Officer: Hirslanden

Nationality: Swiss

Dr Daniel Liedtke joined the Hirslanden Klinik St. Anna in Lucerne in 2001. He held various clinical and managerial positions at Hirslanden prior to his appointments as Hospital Manager of Klinik Hirslanden in 2008 and as Chief Operating Officer of the Hirslanden Group in 2015. In 2019 he was appointed as Chief Executive Officer of Hirslanden.

Qualifications: Dr Liedtke holds a Doctor of Business Administration (Charles Sturt University); a Master of Health Administration (FHS St. Gallen); a D.O. in Osteopathic Medicine (GDK); a BSc in Physiotherapy (Swiss Confederation); and a Certificate in Car Electronics (Federal certificate). 

Koert Pretorius

Chief Executive Officer: Mediclinic Southern Africa

Nationality: South African

Mr Koert Pretorius joined Mediclinic in 1998 as the Regional Manager of the central region of Mediclinic’s operations in Southern Africa and in 2003 took on the role of Chief Operating Officer of the Mediclinic Group. He was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Mediclinic Southern Africa in 2008 and served as an executive Director of Mediclinic International Ltd from 2006 up to acquisition of Al Noor Hospitals Group plc.

Qualifications: Mr Pretorius holds a BCompt in Accounting Science (University of the Free State) and an MBL (Unisa).

David Hadley

Chief Executive Officer: Mediclinic Middle East

Nationality: British

Mr David Hadley joined Mediclinic in 1993 and filled various 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 Chief Executive Officer: Mediclinic Middle East in 2009 and has served on the Group Executive Committee since 2011.

Qualifications: Mr Hadley holds a BComm (Unisa) and an MBA with distinction (University of Liverpool).