Deanne Wood is a partner at Fasken in the Johannesburg office. As a leader in her field, with more than 20 years of experience, Deanne specialises in the areas of commercial law, financial services and regulatory law (particularly employee benefits), pension law and insurance law. Her key competencies are leadership, problem solving and analysis, dispute resolution, regulatory and legislative implementation and strategic thinking.
Deanne is currently the Chairperson of the South African Ombud Council Board as appointed by the Minister of Finance. This role entails serving the Financial Services industry during her three year term with the Ombud Council on the Council’s objectives.
Deanne’s prolific expertise has previously included a position as the CEO and Ombudsman of the Ombudsman for Short Term Insurance. In addition, she previously practised as a senior counsel at the Johannesburg Bar, and has significant experience appearing before numerous Courts and Tribunals, as well as in private arbitrations.