– Sanlam Kenya, a non-bank financial services provider has appointed Caroline
Laichena as the new General Insurance Chief Executive Officer, reports The
been serving in an acting capacity since January following the exit of George
statement to newsrooms on Thursday, Laichena’s appointment takes effect from
said her appointment further follows a series of competitive recruitment
processes and is part of Sanlam Kenya’s ongoing efforts to deepen its
leadership capacity for business growth.
Patrick Tumbo said the Laichena will spearhead ongoing business reforms geared
at accelerating growth.
At the helm
of Sanlam General Insurance, Laichena joins her Sanlam Life counterpart Stella
Njung’e in an all ladies’ formidable duo providing leadership support for
Dr.Tumbo as the subsidiary CEOs and Principal Officers.
In the lead
up to her appointment, Laichena has been serving as the Acting CEO since
January 2019, following the exit of former Sanlam General Insurance CEO George Kuria.
was then the Head of Operations played a critical role in the return to
profitability of Sanlam General Insurance.
appointment of Laichena underlines Sanlam Kenya’s commitment to our business
transformation agenda largely geared at re-positioning us as a major provider
of life and general insurance products’ and services while growing shareholder
“As a career Insurance Executive, Laichena enjoys the wealth of experience and
leadership capability required to transform Sanlam General Insurance to the top
of the league”.
On her part,
Laichena said she is humbled to be taking over as the substantive Sanlam
General Insurance CEO at a most exciting moment in the history of the company.
by a complement of some of the most experienced Insurance executives in Kenya,
we shall be building upon our recent success factors to further raise the value
of general insurance services to our growing clientele,” she said.
seasoned Insurance Executive, Laichena started off her career as a Management
trainee at the then Lion of Kenya Insurance Company 19 years ago.
joined ICEA, Jubilee Insurance, Cannon Assurance and Heritage Insurance in
as Saham Assurance Co Kenya Ltd General Manager in charge of the firm’s General
Business Division prior to joining Sanlam Kenya in September 2016.