The Man Who Holds the Record for Working for the Same Company

In the 1950s, having the same job for many years was a sign of stability. In today’s world, there’s a fear of stagnation associated with remaining with a company more than 2 years. One man in Brazil has turned a deaf ear and blind eye to that theory by remaining at the same company longer than anyone in the world — 85 years. Walter Orthmann began his career when he was just 15 years old. He got a job at Industrias Renaux S.A. in 1938, working as a shipping assistant at the textile company. He was then promoted to a sales position, and eventually became a manager. The company has changed over the last 85 years, which taught Orthmann the most important part of the business: Stay up to date and adapt to different contexts. Orthmann, who will turn 101 on April 19th, says he doesn’t do much planning, nor does he worry about tomorrow. “All I care about is that tomorrow will be another day in which I will wake up, get up, exercise, and go to work. You need to get busy with the present, not the past or the future.”