George Njuguna, Chief Information Officer, HF Group was voted ‘CIO of the Year’ for 2018 during the 10th Anniversary of CIO East Africa gala awards hosted at Enashipai Resort in Naivasha, Kenya.
Consequently, HF Group also won the Gold Mark and Plus One Award – best financial Services Sector awards for its innovative digital banking platform, HF Whizz.
Organized by CIO East Africa Magazine, The prestigious Annual CIO 100 Awards celebrate 100 organizations (and the people within them) who are using information technology in innovative ways to deliver business value, whether by creating competitive advantage, optimizing business processes, enabling growth or improving relationships with customers.
Accepting the award, Mr. Njuguna said: “I am truly honored to receive this Award. It’s a fantastic reflection of the excellent teams that I am privileged to work with at HF Group. I am proud of what we’ve achieved in our quest to transform the company and I believe HF Group has an exciting future.”
Njuguna’s charge has been to create a vision, direction and delivery program for the company’s digital transformation agenda.
One of his main achievement is the launch of the Group’s digital financial services platform, HF Whizz, which has enabled the Group’s banking subsidiary HFC to diversify and grow its digital banking business while addressing consumer demand for banking on the go.
“The development of the Whizz platform was a huge undertaking and is one which I’m proud of as it advances ideas that deliver on the evolving business needs and high customer expectations and at the same time addresses a broader strategic objectives of the business,” he added.
Through HF Whizz, the business is delivering a frictionless digital experience across all customer touchpoints with greater agility. The platform has been developed to deliver on simplicity and speed of performance, and allows users to open a bank account, access their accounts and perform end-to-end banking transactions directly from their phones via app or USSD feature.
While congratulation his team for the big win, the HF Group Acting Managing Director Sam Waweru reiterated that the win is a big vote of confidence for the strategic investment the Group has made in digital banking.
“With our digital banking strategy, we have delivered a robust platform that will help us serve our customers better and deliver value to our shareholders. This win is a clear indication that our digital banking strategy is making a mark in the industry and our vision is to deliver a world class banking experience to broader customer segments,” Mr. Waweru said.