JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Nicolaas Kruger will step down as the chief executive of MMI Holdings with effect from Feb. 15, the South African life insurer said on Tuesday, sending its shares up nearly 7 percent.
Kruger will be replaced by Hillie Meyer, who has agreed to join the firm on a three-year contract, MMI said.
"This decision comes after a few months of discussions between Nicolaas and the MMI Holdings Board that enabled the Board to consider the appointment of his successor with due care," the company said in a statement.
At 0913 GMT, shares in the firm climbed 6.93 percent to 21.60 rand.
The company also appointed former executive director of fund manager Allan Gray, Jeanette Marais, as a second deputy CEO from the beginning of March. Mary Vilakazi was appointed deputy CEO in July 2017.
The board also appointed Risto Ketola, current chief financial officer as the group's financial director, it added.
(Reporting by Nqobile Dludla)
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