Namibia Economist (Windhoek)

20 December 2012

Namibia: Managers Up One Notch On Matie Programme

17 Old Mutual staff members recently graduated from the second intake of the Old Mutual University of Stellenbosch Management Development Programme.

The 2012 intake, the second of the development programme, saw 17 middle management representatives from different divisions complete modules in financial management, marketing management, general management, people management and leadership, and economics. The modules covered the specific disciplines within an orientation to the insurance industry.

Speaking at the graduation ceremony, Patty Olivier, Human Resources Executive at Old Mutual, congratulated the graduates saying that each of them have chosen to be "Great by Choice" throughout the year.

"Today, we have the opportunity to reward our colleagues for their hard work, and dedication in delivering on their personal and professional development commitment for 2012. At Old Mutual our investment in our people is delivered through such Talent Management initiatives and these deserving individuals can now further promote a culture of efficiency and excellence within their relevant business units," Olivier told the crowd.

Olivier added that the ongoing and welcome partnership formed with the University of Stellenbosch's business school (USB) has proven to be mutually beneficial and immensely gratifying in terms of intellectual capital delivery.

"And while it is true that our business and even personal landscape continuously changes, Old Mutual's steadfast values of accountability, integrity, respect and pushing beyond boundaries, will continue to serve as worthy guiding parametres for our individual and collective journey. The successful internalizing of these values, above all else, is what elevates each of you from 'who you are' to 'what you can be'," she told the graduates.

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