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About Universal Healthcare



About Universal HealthcareUniversal has established itself as a leader in providing evidence-based, intergrated healthcare services in the areas of medical scheme administration, care management, corporate and occupational health and wellness, and an integrated wellness-based loyalty programme.






Universal Healthcare Founders

Universal Healthcare was founded by a trio of healthcare industry experts, Dr Johan Pretorius, Chief Executive Officer; Catharina Sevillano-Barredo, Chief Financial Officer and Prof. Jan van der Merwe, Non-Executive Chairman.

Dr. Johan Pretorius

Dr Johan Pretorius, Chief Executive Officer: Universal Healthcare Dr Johan Pretorius graduated in Medicine and Business Administration, and has served at senior management and CEO level in the healthcare industry for close on 20 years. He has considerable industry experience garnered within some of the top healthcare companies in South Africa. He was a founding member and former Medical and Operations Director of Medicross Healthcare Group prior to serving as founder member and CEO of two clinical contract research organisations involved in new medicines development for the pharmaceutical industry. Both of these two organisations continue today as successful subsidiaries of multi-national organisations. Later Johan joined Prime Cure where he played a major role in the successful turnaround of the company. Johan is the CEO of Universal Healthcare, of which he was also the founder member in 2007.

Catharina Sevillano-Barredo

Mrs Catharina Sevillano-Barredo, Chief Financial Officer: Universal Healthcare Catharina Sevillano-Barredo is a chartered accountant and founder of Sevillano Hausmann and Associates, a corporate advisory business. She is a Non-Executive Director and Chairman of the audit committee of Distell, and formerly served on the audit committees of the Department of Justice and the National Prosecuting Authority. She is also a former Non-Executive Director of Wiphold and Concor, and established the international office of SAPPI in London. Catharina has a successful track record within the merchant banking and healthcare industry and has been key in some significant healthcare acquisitions in South Africa. Catharina is the Chief Financial Officer and a co-founder of Universal Healthcare.