May 19, 2020

Petroplan appoints new Sub-Saharan Recruitment Manager

Oil
South Africa
recruitment
Gas
mahlokoane percy ngwato
2 min
Petroplan appoints new Sub-Saharan Recruitment Manager

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Petroplan, the global oil, gas and energy recruitment specialist, has appointed Lindsay Sher as its Regional Recruitment Manager for Sub-Saharan Africa.

Sher has been hired to increase the company’s footprint in the region and meet its goal to expand its local recruitment team, particularly in South Africa.

She brings with her 12 years’ of recruitment experience and joins Petroplan’s Cape Town office from one of South Africa’s largest permanent recruitment companies where she was Head of Commercial & Engineering Recruitment.

Sher will be responsible for the overall growth, development and profitability of Petroplan’s operations in Africa’s sub-Saharan region.

Petroplan Managing Director Andrew Speers said: “Lindsay possesses an in-depth knowledge of South Africa’s recruitment industry and has a demonstrable track record in driving business growth. There is a significant opportunity to support sub-Saharan Africa’s emerging energy market, and Lindsay’s experience will be invaluable as we look to strengthen our position as a specialist recruiter in the region,”

Sher said: “I’m delighted to be joining the Petroplan team. People are a vital asset in every business sector, so this is an exciting opportunity to take my experience and apply it to a new industry.”

She added: “Clients and candidates trust Petroplan as their recruitment partner of choice, and the company has earned a positive reputation because of the professional relationships it builds and the quality of results it delivers. My goal is to build on the fantastic foundations laid to date, and draw on Petroplan’s global network to realize the company’s potential in sub-Saharan Africa.”

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Jun 14, 2021

5 minutes with... Janthana Kaenprakhamroy, CEO, Tapoly

Tapoly
Insurance
Leadership
Digital
Kate Birch
3 min
Heading up Europe’s first on-demand insurance platform for the gig economy, Janthana Kaenprakhamroy is winning awards and leading with diversity

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.

 

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