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CFO Brett Tromp’s Journey from South Africa to American Startup

From South Africa's CFO of the Year to finance chief at a Texas Startup, Brett Tromp embraces the challenge and experience.
Sandra BeckwithJanuary 16, 2023
CFO Brett Tromp’s Journey from South Africa to American Startup
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“If you want to grow, you have to stretch yourself to do something different and learn new skills.”

And so Brett Tromp’s story begins and continues. Tromp, CFO of South Africa’s largest health insurance carrier, made a life-altering decision. But not only for himself, but his entire family as well. In this three-part series, Tromp shares his decision-making process, his search for growth, and bringing his perspective to a new company, culture, and country. 

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Brett Tromp’s Story

Part I: A Leap of Faith to Join Texas Health Care Startup

When Tromp decided to leave the safe confines of South Africa’s largest health insurance carrier to join an American startup, he embraced the differences in experiences rather than worry about them. 

Part II: Finding Growth and Purpose in a New World

In order to grow, Tromp notes that there is “some pain in having to do more of the hands-on work yourself, but there’s also the excitement of being involved in every major decision.”

Part III: Reshaping Corporate Culture

“You can’t be conflicting with the culture of the business you work for. It’s very important that as an executive, whether it’s as CFO or not, that you love that culture.”