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100-year-old Brazilian breaks record after 84 years at same company

May 4, 2022

Passion, discipline and commitment. Is that the formula to spend a lifetime working for the same organization? For the 100-year-old Brazilian Walter Orthmann, the answer is yes.

This combo motivated him to keep doing what he loves and, therefore, Walter became the official Guinness World Records title holder for the longest career in the same company. 

He’s worked at one firm for 84 years and 9 days, as of January 6, when Guinness verified the record. After all these decades, he says his best career advice is to find a good employer and follow your passions: “When we do what we like, we don’t see the time go by”. 

Walter Orthmann started to work as a shipping assistant when he was fifteen years old at a textile company in Santa Catarina, Brazil.  It was on 17 January 1938. After getting his first position, Walter showed outstanding skills and willingness to learn, always doing more than expected.  Shortly after, he was promoted to a position in sales. Then, he became a successful Sales Manager. 

According to the Guiness Book publication, Walter believes that the best part about having a job is that it gives you a sense of purpose, commitment and a routine. 

“Throughout his 84 years of work, he has seen many things change in the company, in the country and in the world. As a result, he has come to understand that one of the most important parts of the business is to always be up-to-date and to adapt to different contexts”, the press release says.

On 19 April 2022, Walter Orthmann turned 100 years old.  He celebrated his centenary in the company of his coworkers, friends and family with an unforgettable party. 

“His charisma, empathy and humanity makes him a strong and meaningful leader.”

Source: Guiness World Records