Johan's appointment to the board follows the investment by African Rainbow Capital in Humanstate.
After qualifying as a Chartered Accountant, Johan went on to do a Master in Income Tax (University of Pretoria) and an M Phil Finance at Cambridge University. He also participated and completed the Advanced Management Programme at Harvard Business School and the Challenge of Leadership at Insead Business School.
He joined Investec Asset Management in 1997 as Head of Resources and became the Global Sector Head of Resources in 2000. He was also a director and Executive Committee member of Investec Asset Management.
In 2002 he was appointed as CEO of Sanlam Investment Management. In May 2003 van der Merwe was appointed CEO of the Investment Cluster responsible for all the investment businesses in the Sanlam Group. In 2005 and 2007 he took, in addition to Sanlam Investments, responsibility for Sanlam Capital Markets and Sanlam Employee Benefits respectively.
He is now Co-CEO of African Rainbow Capital and a non-executive director on various other listed and unlisted companies.
He is a very keen swimmer and sports enthusiast and lives in Stellenbosch with his wife, Edna, their daughter and two sons.