- Mr Wairegi says his primary aim is to maintain the company’s top position and preside over its growth.
- Mr Wairegi said the firm has also cultivated a conducive environment for its employees, adding that the staff now feel part and parcel of the company.
When Britam boss Benson Wairegi joined the company at the age of only 24, his desire was limited to working hard in his position as chief accountant. Little did know that 30 years down the road he would hold the top position in the insurance firm.
Mr Wairegi has certainly steered the insurer in the right direction, given the accolades he has received. Last year he was named CEO of the Year Britam Company of the Year during the Company of the Year (Coya) awards gala night in Nairobi. He was feted for his exemplary leadership at the firm.
Mr Wairegi says his primary aim is to maintain the company’s top position and preside over its growth.
Having been in the company since 1977, Mr Wairegi feels that the company’s success is his obligation and has ensured that its aspirations are in line with the employees’ ambitions.
“I have, therefore, trained employees in all divisions on how to tap into the firm’s success,” he said.
Mr Wairegi says his journey with Britam has been exciting. Seven years after joining the firm, he realised that he could do much more to help the firm realise its objectives.
“I went back to school at age 48, studied management and implemented everything I studied in my every day office life,” said Mr Wairegi.
“After rising to become CEO of the company, I felt obligated to keep my brain alert. I have done this by reading widely. I network with achievers and ambitious people worldwide. Most importantly, I keep in touch with my employees and exercise a lot.”
Mr Wairegi talked to Smart Company at a CEOs’ forum organised by the Kenya Institute of Management to gauge how CEOs have benefited from the organisational performance institute’s (OPI) management strategy model.
He narrated his success story to bosses of leading companies; how he transformed Britam from a home service insurance company to a company listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange.