Christelle Colman appointed CEO of Europ Assistance SA

There have been a lot of big and exciting changes within the insurance industry of late. The most recent is the appointment of our good friend Christelle Fourie-Colman as CEO of Europ Assistance in South Africa. Christelle will start in her new role on 1 June 2016.

For more info on Christelle’s appointment, read the press release below, which was written and issued by CN&CO:


On Tuesday 2 February 2016, Europ Assistance announced the appointment of Christelle Fourie-Colman as its new CEO in South Africa.

Making the announcement, Manrico Iachia, chairman of Europ Assistance South Africa, CEO for the ALAP Region, Africa, Latin America and Portugal, re-affirmed the Group’s commitment to its African operations: “By appointing someone of the caliber of Christelle, Europ Assistance is delighted that its strong base will serve as a platform for increased services to existing and new clients.”

Fourie-Colman is a well-known personality in the South African insurance market with more than 20 years’ experience, most recently as the Managing Director of MUA Insurance Acceptances, a leader in personal high net-worth insurance. She brings not only her technical expertise, but also a strong belief in adding value to clients through relationships and tailor-made solutions. Having served as the President of the Insurance Institute of Cape Town and playing a role across many industry initiatives, Fourie-Colman is known across the insurance value chain.

Says Iachia: “In Christelle we have found someone to give added meaning to our tag line of ‘We Connect’.” Fourie-Colman adds: “I am proud to take on this responsibility and look forward to working with the local and international team in serving an industry I am so proud of.”

Europ Assistance South Africa is part of a broader Group with operations in 34 countries. Having been established in 1963, Europ Assistance is the leader in assisted services, providing value to more than 300-million clients across the globe. With revenue in the last financial year of approximately 1.5-billion euros the group is well positioned to support the aspirations that Iachia, Fourie-Colman and the team have for the future.

Fourie-Colman will be joining Europ Assistance on a permanent basis on 1 June 2016. To ensure ongoing service to clients prior to the new CEO joining, Iachia will be spending a substantial part of his time supporting the established management team.

“I am excited that South Africa is part of the broader Europ Assistance family,” she says.

“With our parent company Generali, one of the largest insurers in the world, behind us, the future is certainly going to be good! During these tough economic times, we aim to ensure we support our clients as they deliver value to their customers.”

Issued by CN&CO on behalf of Europ Assistance South Africa. For additional information or to schedule an interview with Manrico Iachia, please contact Carel: or 082 41 232 41


Christelle’s appointment comes hot on the heels of the announcement of husband Simon Colman‘s appointment as head of commercial liability underwriting at SHA Commercial Underwriting, effective 1 March 2016.

The CN&CO team wishes Christelle and Simon all of the very best on the next leg of their adventures in the insurance industry.