Mungo Park chosen to head South African supply chain sector
At the recent annual general meeting of SAPICS (industry association for the South African supply chain sector) Mungo Park accepted the role of Association President.
Park’s has a 20 year career in supply chain. “I have always considered supply chain efficiency to be a key contributor to business value. I believe that in Africa we are fortunate to have an organisation like SAPICS leading the provision of relevant and up-to-date supply chain education, and facilitating the sharing of supply chain and operations knowledge in Africa.”
Colin Seftel and Richard dos Santos were also chosen to join existing directors Kea Mpane, Clayton Thomas, and Cobus Rossouw. A strategic nomination process will ensure that the additional three open posts will be filled by demographically representative candidates.
Seftel has, between 2013 and 2015, served as member on the board of APICS – the Association of Operations Management based in America. “I am keen to be involved with SAPICS at a strategic management level once again. While SAPICS is already highly successful as the leading professional organisation for the supply chain community in South Africa, there are enormous opportunities to further extend our influence throughout Sub-Saharan Africa.”
Richard dos Santos (director of the Centre for Logistics Excellence (CLX) and AppliSential) has been involved with SAPICS throughout his professional career as both Authorised Education Partner and active member of the Executive Committee. “My principal interest is in further enhancing the SAPICS value proposition, and contributing to the sustainability and strategic direction of the association through, among other, the introduction of the SAPICS Education Endorsement Model later in 2016.”
The board extended the associatios thanks to Martin Bailey and Mike Johnston, both outgoing directors, for their three year commitment to SAPICS and their intent to remain active participants in the SAPICS community.
Cobus Rossouw, outgoing SAPICS president, was also given a special mention for his years of tireless service. Rossouw was commended for for helping to build the association progressively. Rossouw will remain on the SAPICS board for a further year and will continue to act as Chairman of the Executive Committee.
Mungo Park will address delegates at the 38th Annual SAPICS Conference for supply chain professionals, scheduled for 12-14 June 2016 at Sun City.
Originally published on our sister site Supply Chain Digital.
5 minutes with... Janthana Kaenprakhamroy, CEO, Tapoly
Founder and CEO of award-winning insurtech firm Tapoly, Janthana Kaenprakhamroy heads up Europe’s first on-demand insurance platform for the gig economy, winning industry awards, innovating in the digital insurance space, and leading with inclusivity.
Here, Business Chief talks to Janthana about her leadership style and skills.
What do you do, in a nutshell?
I’m founder and CEO of Tapoly, a digital MGA providing a full stack of commercial lines insurance specifically for SMEs and freelancers, as well as a SaaS solution to connect insurers with their distribution partners. We build bespoke, end-to-end platforms encompassing the whole customer journey, but can also integrate our APIs within existing systems. We were proud to win Insurance Provider of the Year at the British Small Business Awards 2018 and receive silver in the Insurtech category at the Efma & Accenture Innovation in Insurance Awards 2019.
How would you describe your leadership style?
I try to be as inclusive a leader as possible. I’m committed to creating space for everyone to shine. Many of the roles at Tapoly are performed by women and I speak at industry events to encourage more people to get involved in insurance/insurtech. Similarly, I always try to maintain a growth mindset. I think it’s important to retain values to support learning and development, like reliability, working hard and punctuality.
What’s the best leadership advice you’ve received?
Build your network and seek advice. As a leader, you need smart people around you to help you grow your business. It’s not about personally being the best, but being able to find resources and get help where needed.
How do you see leadership changing in a COVID world?
I think the pandemic has proven the importance of inclusive leadership so that everyone feels supported and valued. It’s also shown the importance of being flexible as a leader. We’ve had to remain adaptable to continue delivering high levels of customer service. This flexibility has also been important when supporting employees as everyone has had individual pressures to deal with during this time. Leaders should continue to embed this flexibility within their organisations moving forward.
They say ‘from every crisis comes opportunity’, what opportunities do you see?
The past year has been challenging, but it has also proven the importance of digital transformation in insurance. When working from home was required, it was much harder for insurers to adjust who had not embedded technology within their operating processes because they did not have data stored in the cloud and it caused communication delays with concerned customers at a time when this communication should have been a priority, which ultimately impacts the level of customer satisfaction. This demonstrates the importance of what we are trying to achieve at Tapoly in driving digitalisation in insurance and making communication between insurers and distribution partners seamless.
What advice would you give to your younger self just starting out in the industry?
Start sooner, don’t be afraid to take (calculated) risks and make sure you raise enough money to get you through the initial seed stage.