About Coface

Our organisation


Coface began to diversify internationally in 1992. Currently, the Group has global capabilities to support its clients’ growth in their home markets and with their exports by offering them credit insurance services tailored to their needs.
The Group’s organisation is focused entirely on this goal. Its 4,400 employees working in 67 countries offer adapted risk prevention, monitoring and protection services to companies of all sizes and nationalities and in all sectors. To that end, the Group’s underwriters, business information and receivables collection specialists are available to serve clients and enable them to carry out their business activities more safely. Clients thus benefit from the expertise and organisation of an international Group that can offer them local service fine-tuned to their needs.

Executive Committee

Jacqui Jooste - CEO
/ CEO and Country Manager
Jacqui Jooste is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Coface South Africa. She is the first female CEO in the industry in South Africa and has been an Executive Director of the local board for 9 years. Jacqui has been recognised several times within the Coface Group for her strong leadership ability. Over the years Jacqui has honed excellent cross functional short term insurance knowledge and outstanding organisational and leadership skills. She has always had a strong passion for client service, with a focus on driving and managing business improvement through the development of people, systems and processes. Jacqui has a solid reputation in operations management, customer service excellence, enhanced performance management and business turnaround. Jacqui has worked her way up the corporate ladder and has over 20 years of experience in the industry. She is passionate about gender diversity and women empowerment and has embraced the ethos of empowered women empowering women. Jacqui has demonstrated the ability to work at all organizational levels and across executive functional areas including operations, legal, finance, and human resources.
Julie Solipa - CFO
/ Chief Financial Officer
Julie is currently the Chief Financial Officer of Coface South Africa and has almost 25 years of functional and industry experience. She is a Public Officer of the company and also fulfills its Company Secretarial requirements. Julie is responsible for overseeing the overall financial management, planning, systems and controls of the company. She also plays a key role in monitoring executive strategic priorities ensuring they are financially sustainable.
In the past she has been responsible for the management of the Invoicing, Compliance, Legal and Risk functions.
Johan Coetzee - CIO
/ Chief Information Officer 
The IT department is dedicated to ensuring the availability of systems and technology to support a global platform of stakeholders, with a service-centric team. IT service delivery is our first and foremost ambition, enabled by leveraging various technologies in order to provide seamless, simple and effective systems to meet our local and global business requirements.
Sarah Fontaine - CHRU
/ Chief Human Resources Officer
Sarah is currently the Chief HR Officer of Coface South Africa. She is a full function HR Generalist and a qualified Skills Development Facilitator. She has control of the HR planning and implementation within the local organisation and adds further strategic value to the business, in part due to her robust experience (over 12 years of functional experience and over 10 years of industry experience), and also due to her business qualification (BCOM Honours in Business Management). One of Sarah’s passions is building culture through diversity, and she has actively driven relevant projects in this area over the last few years. She is also responsible for steering and coordinating gender empowerment and diversity within the Coface MAR (Mediterranean and Africa) region.
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