GROUP CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Our functional heads support the Group Chief Executive Officer in executing the strategic plan and herewith is our Chief’s profile.
Dr. Nathan Chikono
Group Chief Executive Officer
Dr. Nathan Chikono is a career insurance and risk management practitioner with over 20 years’ experience. Dr Nathan is a Fellow of the Insurance Institute of South Africa (FIISA), an Associate of the Institute of Risk Management South Africa (AIRMSA), Certiﬁed Risk Management Professional (Crm. Prof-IRMSA) and approved ISO 31000 Lead Trainer (AT31000). In addition, Dr Nathan also holds a B Com Risk Management degree, an MA leadership and management degree, MCOM business management degree and a Doctorate in business administration (DBA) specializing in workplace safety. Dr. Nathan is currently studying for a PhD in Competitive Intelligence at the University of South Africa. Dr Nathan has worked for a number of leading insurers in Zimbabwe including NicozDiamond, Zimnat, and Econet Insurance.
What makes us CHAMPIONS, is our resilient, and customer focused people. Our team are the best. We are here to serve our customers. The following are the team leaders for our various functions.
Aaron is a an Associate of the Insurance institute of South Africa (AIISA) who has been a pioneer in two big insurance companies. He has worked in Underwriting and Claims for both life and non-life Insurance and has over 7 years of experience in the Insurance Arena. A holder of a Bcom Risk Management Degree and Associateship of the IISA. Currently studying for a Masters degree in Strategic Management. Aaron is among the pioneering Underwriters to use mobile phone technology to underwrite insurance in Zimbabwe.
Tawanda is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountant of Zimbabwe and holder of a BCompt Accounting Science degree with the University of South Africa. He has over 8 years audit work experience of companies in various industries including nancial institutions, mining, manufacturing, agriculture, retail, insurance and NGOs under BDO Zimbabwe Chartered Accountants. He joined Champions Holdings Group as an Internal Auditor in 2014. Tawanda became the Group Accountant in 2015, and rose through the ranks to the Finance Manager position. He occupied the post at Champions Holdings for 5 years and left to Join Tsapo Group of companies as the General Manager in 2019 where he headed FAW Zimbabwe t/a Massbreed and CTrack Zimbabwe, specialising in selling of trucks, buses and tracking business. The main roles included but not limited to developing and implementing company strategies. He was also involved in planning, motivating and coordinating Massbreed and CTrack departments through leadership and solid business practices. Tawanda rejoined Champions Insurance in June 2021 as Head of Finance and Corporate services. He is currently responsible for nancial management, credit management and secretarial work for the company. He is a holder of COP in short-term insurance. Currently studying for a Masters degree in Business Administration
Director - Digitalisation
Diana is an experienced and passionate Digital Transformation Leader with more than 20 years experience in business de- velopment, digital transformation, and project implementation of digital strategies for Fintech and Insur Tech companies. She has been responsible in various capacities for collaboration with multiple customer entities to conceptualize and implement digital solutions, innovations and complete end-to- end digital enablement roadmaps in Zimbabwe, Lesotho and Burundi. She is recognized for her ability to incorporate innovative management techniques that result in enhanced busi- ness practice, increased productivity, and prots and has proven success in operations management through her expertise in business development and strategic planning.
Maureen has more than sixteen years’ of demonstrated achievement and knowledge of short-term insurance processes and business management, having worked in various capacities in short term insurance companies. Her areas of expertise and achievement include: Claims Management, Customer Services, Relationship Management, Communications and Planning. She has a strong managerial background, is self-driven and self-reliant. She is currently in her ﬁnal year with Midlands State University studying Bachelor of Commerce Insurance and Risk Management Honours Degree. Her professional qualiﬁcations include Associateship with the Insurance Institute of South Africa, Certiﬁcate of Proﬁciency and Diploma in Insurance with the Insurance Institute of Zimbabwe and National Certiﬁcate in Marketing with HEXCO.
Head - Underwriting and Actuarial Services
Paul is an Associate of the insurance Institute of South Africa with vast experience in underwriting. He also holds a BCom Honours Degree in Insurance and Risk Management with the Midlands State University. Paul has more than 4 years’ experience in short term insurance underwriting and reinsurance. Paul was also instrumental in implementing mobile insurance underwriting and the use of telemetry and data science in risk modelling.
Head - Compliance & Risk
Pedzisai is a holder of a Bachelor of Commerce Business Management honours degree (ﬁnance major). He also holds a Master of Commerce in Strategic Management and Corporate governance degree passed with merit from the Midlands State University. He has a distinction in Certiﬁcate of proﬁciency-short term Insurance from the Insurance Institute of Zimbabwe (IIZ). He is currently studying towards CIA qualiﬁcation with the Institute of Internal Auditors Zimbabwe (IIA). Pedzisai has over 5 years’ experience in the Insurance Industry having started his career as an accountant at Momentum Insurance brokers where he rose to become the head of Internal audit before joining Champions in 2019 as the Risk and Compliance manager. He is responsible for aiding the “Champions team” in proﬀering risk-based solutions by steering a culture of compliance through ensuring best practices, good governance and corporate citizenship.
Head - Human Resource & Administration
Onias T Mutasa is a holder of a Bachelor of Science Honors Degree in Human Resources Management from Midlands State University. He also holds a Masters in Business Administration specializing in Human Resources Management from Great Zimbabwe University. He commenced his career working at the Mines and Mining Development Ministry as a Mining Administration Officer. He has acquired vast experience in the Human resources management ﬁeld from various sectors of the economy ranging from agriculture, research to construction after working with Agriculture and Rural Development Authority, UZ-UCSF Programme and JM construction as Human resources specialist. He joined Champions Insurance in September 2017 as a Human resources and Administration Manager.
Innocent is a holder of a Bachelor of Commerce Honors degree in Risk Management and Insurance and a Master’s Degree in Risk Management and Insurance from the National University of Science and Technology. He started his career at Champions insurance in 2015 as a Trainee Underwriter. The positions he held are Underwriter, Senior Underwriter, Midlands Region Branch Superintendent and currently Underwriting Manager.
Edson Nhemachena (PMP, PMI-ACP)
ICT Infrastructure Support Manager
Edson is an ICT Infrastructure, networking and security enthusiast with over nine years post graduate experience acquired from the insurance industry. He began his career at First Mutual Holdings as a graduate trainee and later became an ICT Solutions provider. Edson joined Champions Insurance in 2013 as an ICT Specialist responsible for the company’s nationwide network and systems. He carried out several major networking, infrastructure and security projects for the organisation. He rose through the ranks to become the ICT Manager and in that role, he is responsible for maintaining an eﬃcient interface between the business, its clients and business partners with special prominence on e-business. Edson holds a ﬁrst-class BSc Honours Information Systems degree from the Midlands State University and is an MSU Book prize award winner. He is also a holder of a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) degree with the National University of Science and Technology and he is a certiﬁed Project Manager (PMP, PMI-ACP). Edson has several international ICT certiﬁcations including CCNA, CCNP Route & Switch and Sophos Security.
Ruvimbo B. Machacha Mukwazhi is a passionate, keen, enthusiastic, and poised marketing professional, with well-developed interpersonal skills. She has more than 15 years’ experience in the Advertising and Insurance fraternity, with a proven ability to identify unique opportunities to increase revenue and profits through developing strong brands. She grew her marketing career at The African Footprint Media from Dicomm Grey International Advertising Agency. Ruvimbo joined Champions Insurance in April 2017 as an Executive Assistant and was subsequently elevated to the position of HVC and Client Services, a position she holds at present. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce Marketing Degree with Midlands State University, International Marketing Diploma London and studying towards a Master’s in Business Administration Degree. She is a member of MAZ, Victors, Victrix, Visions and Diplomatic Network.
Blessing Chitiyo is an accomplished Systems developer with over 10 years of experience in the Insurance Industry and the development of mobile, desktop and web applications. He is a holder of a Bachelor’s Degree Honors in Computer Science at the University of Zimbabwe and a certified Android developer. He also has a distinction in Certificate of proficiency-Long term Insurance from the Insurance Institute of Zimbabwe (IIZ) and currently doing a Masters of Commerce in Information Systems Management Degree at Midlands State University. He began his career as a software developer and Smart Solutions, a company that developed Risk Management software applications and then moved to First Funeral Assurance as a IT Programmer responsible for the development of inhouse solutions. He later joined Champions Insurance in 2015 as a Systems Analyst responsible for all systems integrations to third parties. He then rose through the ranks to become the Senior Systems Developer.
Accountant Credit Control Management
Elton is an established professional Accountant with over 7 years experience in Health Insurance and he is passionate about ﬁnancial data analytics, economic models and business strategy. He started his career with CIMAS Medical Aid Society under the Healthcare Services Division where he gained proﬁciency and expertise in ﬁnance as an Accountant. Elton joined Champi- ons Insurance as an Accountant – Credit Control in March 2022. He holds a Bachelor of Accountancy Degree (BUSE), Honors in Economics Degree (UZ) and a Master of Business Administration majoring in Strategic Leadership (UZ). He is currently studying towards a CIMA Advanced Diploma in Management Accounting (Management Case Study) and a Post Graduate Diploma in Applied Taxation with the Institute of Certiﬁed Tax Accountants Zimbabwe.
Accountant Financial Management
Rutendo is a professional Accountant with a wealth of experience in ﬁnancial services and insurance technology. Rutendo began her career Ecocash Holdings, starting with the mobile ﬁnancial services in 2017 and later specialized in short term insurance in 2018. Early 2022, Rutendo joined Champions Insurance as a ﬁnancial management accountant. She holds a Bachelor of Accounting Degree among other academic qualiﬁcations and is an aspiring Chartered Accountant with the Association of Chartered Certiﬁed Accountants.