Patrick Maseko has been appointed as Group corporate affairs and entrepreneurship officer at Old Mutual ZW.
He announced the new development on his social media pages yesterday.
I joined CABS, a member of the Old Mutual Group, 10 years ago under the Youth Fund. One of my first responsibilities was photocopying. Funny enough, this duty was not given to me because I was “the new guy” but because the copier was located where senior management had their offices and no one wanted to interact with senior management. I saw that as on opportunity.
On my first visit to “Blue Carpet”, as the offices are affectionately known, I got to interact with a lady I assumed to be the receptionist. That assumption put me at ease because people that work at the front desk have to be nice to clients. So, I hit her with an ice breaker and got the conversation going. Mid-way through the conversation she asked me what I studied at university, I told her, Applied Mathematics, and she told me I sounded like a marketer and needed to consider marketing.
Jokingly, I said I would, and that I will get in touch with the HR lady that processed my papers, to which she responded, “please do, I am her boss”. Little did I know that I was actually talking to the HR Business Partner for CABS at the time, Mundangepfupfu Angeline. Well there have been many sunsets and many moons between then and now but today, I proudly start my new role as Group Corporate Affairs and Entrepreneurship Officer at Old Mutual ZW. I guess that “receptionist” saw something after all.