About Us

Tautona is an intelligent or hyper automation company. We use AI to automate tasks that have traditionally required human cognitive abilities. 

Our vision is to redesign the traditional workplace and empower insurance professionals by using robotics and artificial intelligence. 

Whilst Tautona’s competitors offer broad automation services to multiple industries, we focus exclusively on the insurance sector, specifically claim processing. 

Our library of reusable automated claim processes can be rapidly deployed across various insurance classes and lines of business for immediate benefit. 

By implementing our claims automation solutions insurers can bring down operational costs, reduce claim handling times and ensure customer-first experiences.

How We Are Different

Management Team

John Holdsworth - Chief Executive Officer

John is serial a entrepreneur with a track record of identifying emerging trends in disruptive sectors, building pioneering companies and leading them to profitability and exit John was the founder and CEO of ECN which pioneered the use of Voice Over IP (VoIP) in South Africa. ECN was sold to Reunert Ltd for R172m in July 2011 John studied Industrial Engineering at Technicon Witwatersrand and completed the Management Development Program (MDP) at the University of Cape Town Featured articles: You are never too young or too old to be a top SA tech entrepreneur The programmer earning R1,500 who became one of SA’s top entrepreneurs    

Philip Cooper

Director Business Development

Kyle Geyser

Head Professional Services

Philip has held various executive positions with local and international technology organisation’s and is an acknowledged expert in electronic payments and Fintech.


Prior to joining Tautona, Philip pioneered a suite of prepaid solutions for some of the worlds largest online brands, including UBER, iTunes, Google Play and  Microsoft.


Philip holds a B.Com. Management Accounting degree from the University of Stellenbosch.

Kyle is an expert in computer vision, machine learning, data analytics and predictive modelling, having developed credit risk and equities trading models for Nedbank and Cratos Capital.

Kyle’s interests include digital transformation and artificial intelligence (specifically machine learning). He is also an experienced programmer with expertise in languages such as Python and R.


Kyle holds a B.Eng. Electrical/Electronic degree (Cum Laude) from the University of Johannesburg and is a certified Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and  SAIFM member

James Clay

Chief Technology Officer

Hein Smith

Chief Technical Architect

James has a passion for building technologies which drive change and efficiency. He has experience leading development teams with a variety of programming languages.


James has experience in technology sectors in freight logistics, and is responsible for driving digital change and data handling in this industry for South Africa.


James is a qualified Electrical Engineer with a BSc  as well as an MSc Engineering Degree (with Distinction) from the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg

Hein is an IT professional with 10+ years experience spanning a range of technologies including: Java, Linux, MySQL, PostgreSQL, Kubernetes, Docker and cloud computing


Hein has been instrumental in developing solutions for a number of large multinationals including Vodafone


Hein has the following certifications: Oracle Certified Professional; Java 6 and 7 Programmer; Oracle Certified Expert Java EE 6 Web Component and JavaBeans Developer