Shriram Capital has appointed Dr Johan van Zyl, group chief executive of Sanlam as an independent non-executive director on its board. Originally trained as an agricultural economist and holding two doctorates, Dr Johan van Zyl has been working for the South African government and NAMPO as an economist, before his involvement with Sanlam. He also taught agricultural economics at the University of Pretoria from 1983 to 1994, ending up as Dean of Natural and Agricultural Sciences. He also spent two years at the World Bank as coordinator of Rural Development. Arun Duggal, chairman, Shriram Capital, said Dr. Johan van Zyl’s appointment is an extension of the strategic long-term partnership between the Sanlam Group and the Shriram Group as they seek to explore synergies and imbibe the best-of-class processes and practices in the financial services arena.