MBE Management Team

Christo Müller - Director, IT Services
Andries Beukes - Director, Actuarial Solutions
Vibeke Fennell - Director, Operational Excellence
Ben Herrett - Director, Sales and Marketing

 




Christo

Christo Müller - Director, IT Services

Christo, Director of IT Services at MBE, has broken the mould of the traditional computer nerd by making technology accessible to his clients and inspiring his team to do the same with his infectious enthusiasm. "I derive great satisfaction from problem solving and just making things better; good technology is designed to do just that," he says.

This passion is what drives his work as leader of the Technology Consultancy division of MBE, part of which is to ensure the delivery of the system development of MBE’s industry-leading IT solutions being offered to the financial services sector.

Christo has been delivering technology solutions in different industries for more than 15 years and brings to MBE his clear understanding of the ever-present divide between business and IT within organisations. He has a proven ability to analyse, and grasp very rapidly, the core business needs and requirements and bridge the communication gap with the technology world. His ability to achieve cross-functional buy-in, manage stakeholder expectations and deliver innovative systems solutions adds significant value to MBE clients.

Christo has a reputation for developing trust, building positive relationships and fostering a collegial work environment, which makes him a true asset to the MBE team.

"I derive great satisfaction from problem solving and just making things better; good technology is designed to do just that."

 

Andries Beukes

Andries Beukes - Director, Actuarial Solutions

"My job is to synergise our various skill sets and make the whole even greater than the sum of its parts," says Andries, a Fellow of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries and the Director of Actuarial Solutions at MBE.

Andries' actuarial career began in the insurance industry over 15 years ago and he has worked in a wide range of areas since then, most recently far-reaching Solvency II-related projects, which have benefited from his clear understanding of the requirements and demands of implementing new - and often daunting - regulation.

Over the course of his career in an often inefficient environment, Andries has developed a passion for using accessible technology and efficient systems to solve actuarial and operational problems faced by the industry. This passion drives his role of strategic planning and coordination across all of MBE's disciplines, to ensure that clients are provided with efficient, practical and technologically sound solutions for even the most complex actuarial problems.

Andries' approachability, combined with his excellent technical understanding, has contributed to his proven track record of effective management, leadership and decision-making skills.

"What makes MBE unique is our blend of diverse and very specialised expertise. My job is to synergise our various skill sets and make the whole even greater than the sum of its parts."

 

Vibeke Edvardsen

Vibeke Fennell - Director, Operational Excellence

As Director of Process Improvement and Operational Excellence, Vibeke’s key strengths are her communication and stakeholder management skills. She is also known for being incredibly organised! Vibeke is a qualified Lean practitioner and is Six Sigma Black Belt trained, which have empowered her to deliver a multitude of projects across the financial services industry to great success.

Vibeke is passionate about process and operational improvements – especially the possibilities it presents to add value to a wide range of businesses: "Eliminating waste, optimising resources and adding value are principles that can benefit any size and type of organisation, anywhere in the world," she says. Her 14 years in the financial services sector – nine of them as a specialist Process Consultant – have seen her implementing operations management and process improvement projects in a variety of areas, including Customer Services, Human Resources, Actuarial, Risk, and Finance.  Her projects have tackled many hot topics in the industry: Business Process Reengineering, Finance Transformation, Financial Control Initiative, Hyperion Financial Reporting and Solvency II.

Vibeke applies her planning and streamlining skills to internal tasks as well, and ensures that MBE is run like a well-oiled machine.

"Eliminating waste, optimising resources and adding value are principles that can benefit any size and type of organisation, anywhere in the world."

 

 

Ben Herrett

Ben Herrett - Director, Sales and Marketing

Surrounded by actuaries, process and IT specialists, Ben brings welcome balance to the MBE team. A positive, proactive and results-driven individual with a highly successful background in the achievement of profitable business growth, Ben has brought this passion to his role as Director of Sales and Marketing.

Ben has worked in the financial services industry for over 15 years, largely focusing on the provision of market data services to the buy-side community. The far-reaching impact of regulations such as Solvency II has enabled him to transfer his skill sets to the world of insurance, and subsequently to lead the group marketing and business development division of MBE. “I enjoy applying my skills to new challenges and the world of actuarial consulting has been a particularly good fit. Seeing my ideas generate enthusiasm within the team, and subsequently with our clients, is the best part of my job,” he says.

A typical day will see Ben engaging with existing and potential clients, building the MBE brand and generally keeping a finger on the pulse of global business developments.

Ben leads by example, cultivating creativity in the MBE office and focusing on strategic value propositions and outstanding customer service.

"Seeing my ideas generate enthusiasm within the team, and subsequently with our clients, is the best part of my job."