Desmond Kent Smith


Desmond Kent Smith was born in Port Elizabeth, South Africa on
21 June 1947. After matriculating from Indwe High School, he obtained his B.Sc degree (cum laude) at the University of Stellenbosch. In 1973 he qualified as a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries (London) and completed the International Senior Management Programme (ISMP) at Harvard Business School in 1992.

He joined Sanlam in 1968, where he became Managing Director in 1993. He retired from Sanlam at the end of 1997 and served as Managing Director of the Reinsurance Group of America (South Africa) (RGA) from 1999 until 2005. He was Chairman of Sanlam from 2010 until 2017, is currently Chairman of RGA and holds several company directorships.
He served on a number of the committees of the Actuarial Society of SA and the International Actuarial Association (IAA), and is a Past-President of both.

He served as Chairman of the Life Offices Association of South Africa (LOA) in 1996, 2004 and 2008 and is a Past President of the Pensions Institute of Southern Africa.