Company of the Year Awards CEOs tour KWS
Date Published: 14 Apr, 2010
Head of Human Capital, Mrs. Sharon Kisire receives her 2009 COYA Manager of the Year 1st Runner’s up award from Mr. David Muturi, CEO, Kenya Institute of Management.
Fifty Company of the Year Awards (COYA) chief executive officers recently visited the Kenya Wildlife Service headquarters for a brief on the change the parastatal has undergone in the last five years.
The visit on April 7, 2010 was to also brief the CEOs about the core existence of COYA.
Company of the year Awards (COYA) has grown to be East Africa’s premier showcase for corporate excellence. Now in its ninth year, COYA has enjoyed unparalleled growth and prominence in the corporate world. The COYA gala Night which is held every first Friday of July, has become a key event in the Kenya corporate diary.
KWS has been actively participating in the COYA awards since 2006. Leadership Practices Award, Corporate Governance Practices Award, First Runners-up Manager of the Year Award, CEO of the Year Award are some of the prizes that KWS managed to scoop in the 2009.
Mr. David Muturi, the Kenya Institute of Management CEO, lauded KWS for demonstrating effective leadership and management efforts in the past years. To set the standards for companies participating in future COYA awards, the CEO briefly discussed the importance of using the Organizational Performance Index (OPI) excellence model which is a self-assessment model. “It is important for companies to use this model because it will give them an edge to bench mark themselves,” he said.
KWS senior officials outlined some of their major achievements in the last five years. Mr Robert Muasya, the Senior Assistant Director in charge of the Security highlighted his division’s mandate on safeguarding wildlife, national parks, combat against poaching and protecting the water towers. He explained how Horse and Dog units, intelligence-led deployments, strategic manpower deployment and the use of sophisticated weaponry have played a pivotal role in beefing up wildlife security.
Mr Julius Kipng’etich, the KWS Director, also highlighted key the organisation had adopted for both short and long- term success. The Director emphasised that since KWS is on the second phase of reforms, various structures of the organisation had been streamlined to ensure its smooth operation. “Organisations must strive to build a coalition geared towards positive change in the organisation,” he said.
He stressed the importance of fostering a learning organisation to pass necessary relevant skills.