Brian Spanier-Marson

B.Com, Dip Acc and CA(SA)


Brian matriculated in Pietermaritzburg at Maritzburg College and thereafter completed his B.Com, Dip Acc and CA(SA). Having completed articles at Dix Boyes and Deloitte he performed his compulsory military service at the SARS office. During this time he undertook an MBL degree.

Brian was offered a position as Managing Director at a clothing manufacturing business in Durban supplying men's clothing to the retail chain stores. Thereafter he completed an expatriate contract in Gaborone as the Chief Accounting Officer of the Botswana Power Corporation.

Returning to South Africa in 1995 Brian joined Alexander Forbes as head of the Fund Accounting Area; he was later promoted to Head of Administration, Joint Managing Director of the Retirement Funds Division and later Operations Director of Financial Services where he served on the International Exco Board.

While at Alexander Forbes Brian initiated two new businesses - CashPlan (a micro lending division) and FIHRST Management Services (a payroll payments portal).

Leaving Alexander Forbes in 2002 Brian founded an employee benefits business called Crystal Retirement Benefits which, a few years later, attracted Hollard Life as a shareholder and investor. This business grew through acquisitions and strong organic growth and was eventually sold to Hollard in 2011. Brian enjoys time with his family, travelling extensively and hiking.

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