Barry Swartzberg graduated from the University of the Witwatersrand with a BSc degree majoring in Actuarial Science and Mathematical Statistics. in 1990, he was admitted as a fellow of the Faculty of Actuaries (Edinburg), and in 1993, as an associate of the Society of Actuaries (Chicago.)
Barry is the co-founder of Discovery Ltd. He was instrumental in establishing Discovery Health’s marketing, distribution, and operational functions, first as Chief Marketing Officer (1992 – 199), and as Chief Operations Officer (1997 – 1999.) He then served as CEO from 2000 to 2005, establishing the company’s first low income medical scheme and launching Discovery Health’s administration services business for closed medical schemes. From 2005 to 2014, he served as Group Executive Director responsible for Discovery’s strategy and new business development. In this role he initiated Discovery’s strategy to launch a retail bank, helped start Discovery Insure, secured the shareholding in Ping An Health, established the first insurance Partnership with AIA, and established Vitality USA. Barry now serves as the CEO of Vitality Group, which is responsible for the expansion of Discovery’s Shared-Value Insurance model outside of South Africa and the UK. He serves on the Boards of Discovery Limited, Discovery Insure, Vitality Group in the US, and Ping An Health in China.
Barry is married to Stacey and they have two sons. He enjoys running, cycling and golf.