Catherine Karimi

 The chief executive officer of APA Life, Catherine Karimi, has recently bagged three top business awards in East Africa, in recognition for her outstanding work.  Ms Karimi was named CEO of the Year during the recent Think Business Insurance Awards 2020, becoming the first woman to receive the honour. She was also an honoree in the Angaza Awards for Women to Watch in Banking and Finance in the East African Community.  Moreover, she was listed as one of Business Monthly 2021 Top 25 Most Powerful Women in C-Suite Impacting Business.

Ms Karimi said: “I am honoured and humbled to receive these three prestigious business awards. I believe women are showing that there is a new and different way to lead, built on creativity, courage and respect for people and the planet.  Leadership is also collaborative and I would like to give my heartfelt thanks to all of my colleagues at APA Apollo who make it such an inspirational place to work.  The last year has been the most challenging of my career, as it has been for many.  Receiving these awards is wonderful encouragement to continue our task ahead of insuring happiness for all our clients.”

Ms. Karimi was appointed as the CEO of APA Life, a part of Apollo Group in 2017.  She was the first female to take up the CEO’s role in the Apollo Group.  Her illustrious rise to this role follows an exceptional career in the insurance industry from 1998. The judging panels of the three awards were all impressed with the significant financial success of APA Life under Ms Karimi’s leadership in an increasingly tough market environment.  She has overseen a period of unprecedented commercial performance and growth showing strong financial results.  With her at the head, APA Life has continued to raise the bar by setting industry standard in extraordinary customer service, delivering on the brand promise of insuring happiness and driving innovation.

The judges also praised how, in these turbulent times, she is stepping forward and taking the lead in steering the business through the digital transformational change, showing great care and consideration for its people as APA continues to demonstrate  the way to insure happiness.



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