He launched Discovery in 1992, with a simple and core purpose of making people healthier and enhancing and protecting their lives. Discovery has since evolved into a diversified and multinational financial services group. Discovery is widely acknowledged as a global thought leader in wellness behavioural change and its integration with health, life and short-term insurance.
Discovery listed on the JSE in 1997, and under Adrian’s leadership, has expanded its international reach to the United Kingdom, United States and China. Discovery generates total income flows in excess of R50 billion and has over 8 000 employees globally serving six million customers world-wide.
Adrian graduated from Wits University in 1986. He is a Fellow of the Actuarial Society of South Africa, a Fellow of the Faculty of Actuaries (Edinburgh), an Associate of the Society of Actuaries (Chicago), and a member of the American Academy of Actuaries. In 1998, Adrian was recognised as South Africa’s Best Entrepreneur by Ernst & Young, and in 2004 was chosen as South Africa’s leading CEO in the annual MoneyWeb CEO’s CEO of the Year Awards. In 2008 he received the Investec Award for Considerable Contribution in a Career/Profession, and in 2010, was named as the Sunday Times Business Leader of the Year.
Adrian chairs the South African chapter of Endeavor – a global non-profit organisation that identifies and assists high-growth entrepreneurs. Adrian sits on the World Economic Forum Global Health Advisory Board, which is committed to improving global healthcare and on the Massachusetts General Hospital Global Health Advisory Board, whose mandate is to enhance care for the world’s most vulnerable populations, as well as to educate and prepare the next generation of health leaders and educators.