Visa appoints Maurice Newa as new managing director for Southern Africa cluster

SOUTH AFRICA – Global payments group Visa, has appointed Maurice Newa as the new managing director of the Southern Africa cluster, a statement from the group has said. Newa would be responsible for the development and implementation of Visa’s growth strategy in the region and report to Aida Diarra, senior vice-president, and head of sub-Saharan Africa, and would be part of the sub-Saharan Africa leadership team. Prior to joining Visa, Newa worked at Vaya Technologies, an Econet Group subsidiary, where he was chief executive. He brought to Visa over 25…

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I&M Bank names Oliver Fowler as new chairman following the retirement of Suresh Raja

KENYA – Financial services firm, I&M Bank Limited, has announced the appointment of Oliver Fowler as its new chairman following the retirement of Suresh Bhagwanji Raja Shah. Shah is the founder of the bank and has served as its chairman since 1974. A statement from the bank said Shah will continue to remain on the Board as a Non-Executive Director. Founder and Chair since its inception in 1974, SBR Shah, a seasoned career banker has led the lender through its myriad of milestones such as acquisitions: of Biashara Bank, Giro…

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Kenya’s tax agency KRA appoints two commissioners to enhance leadership capacity

KENYA – The Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) has announced the appointment of two substantive Commissioners as part of an ongoing leadership capacity enhancement programme. KRA’s Commissioner-General Githii Mburu, in a media brief, confirmed that the Board has appointed  Lilian Anyango Nyawanda as Commissioner of Customs and Border Control and Dr. Edward Kinyua Karanja as Commissioner of Investigation and Enforcement. The Commissioner-General said that the two roles are key pillars in delivering KRA’s vision to be a Globally Trusted Revenue Agency facilitating Tax and Customs compliance. “At KRA, we are pleased…

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Lancet Laboratories taps Laborex Kenya boss Mwende Musunga for CEO post

KENYA – Pathologists Lancet Kenya (PLK) has appointed Ms Mwende Musunga as its new Chief Executive Officer, replacing the retiring founding partner and the group managing director Dr Ahmed Kalebi. In a newspaper advertisement, the board of directors disclosed that  will be joining Lancet Group of Laboratories East Africa from June 1. Ms Musunga has been Laborex Kenya Ltd chief executive for the past four years. Dr Kalebi, who founded PLK in 2009 before it was acquired by French and South African partners, announced early this month that he would…

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Henry Maier retires as President and CEO of FedEx Ground, John Smith to take over

WORLD – Henry J. Maier, president and CEO is set to retire from FedEx Ground and John A. Smith, president and CEO, FedEx Freight, will succeed Maier while Lance D. Moll has been named the next president and CEO, FedEx Freight. Maier joined FedEx in 1986. With more than 40 years in the transportation industry, including more than 35 years at FedEx, he held a series of leadership positions in logistics, sales, and marketing before becoming president and CEO, FedEx Ground, in June 2013. Most recently, Maier spearheaded the significant…

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IAG Cargo appoints Freddie Overton as commercial manager for Africa and Europe

AFRICA – IAG Cargo, the cargo handling division of International Airlines Group, has announced two new appointments to its commercial team with Daniel Byrne and Freddie Overton being promoted to regional commercial managers. The internal promotions see Overton appointed regional commercial manager for Europe and Africa from his prior role as area commercial manager for Benelux, Germany, and Switzerland. He has over six years’ experience in the logistics industry. In this role he will be responsible for delivering IAG Cargo’s commercial strategy in Europe and Africa. Byrne takes charge for…

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Insurance group Britam picks Tavaziva Madzinga to replace long serving CEO Benson Wairegi

KENYA – Insurance Group Britam Holdings has appointed Tavaziva Madzinga, a strategy expert, as its chief executive to replace long-serving Benson Wairegi, who is retiring at the end of this month after 40 years of service. The appointment of Mr Madzinga, an actuarial scientist who previously served as chief executive of Old Mutual’s operation in Kenya, takes effect on February 1, 2021 and ends a two-year talent search. He is credited with successfully developing, driving, and executing Old Mutual’s strategy in Southern and East Africa as well as helping to transform…

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Emirates strengthens Africa commercial team with key management appointments

AFRICA – Emirates has announced several key movements and rotations to its commercial team, both in its Dubai hub and across key markets in the Far East, West Asia, and Africa for UAE Nationals. In addition to these rotations, several commercial managers in Africa and South East Asia will also be taking on new or enhanced roles. Afzal Parambil, currently regional manager West Africa, will take on the role of regional manager South Africa while Paulos Legesse, currently manager Ivory Coast, will become manager Nigeria. Similarly, Christophe Leloup, currently manager…

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Telecom giant MTN in board shake up

SOUTH AFRICA – Africa’s biggest mobile operator MTN Group has announced some changes to its board of directors. In a statement to shareholders, the company said it is pleased to announce the appointment of Nosipho Molope as an independent non-executive director of MTN Group, effective, 1 April 2021. MTN indicated that Molope holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of the Witwatersrand (BSC Med) as well as a Bachelor of Accounting Science (Hons) (CTA) from the University of South Africa and is a Chartered Accountant (SA). It pointed out…

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EABL picks an insider to replace outgoing CEO Andrew Cowan

KENYA – Alcoholic beverages manufacture East African Breweries Limited, commonly referred as EABL, has appointed Jane Karuku as the new group managing director, putting her in charge of the operations in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania, effective January 1, 2021. Ms Karuku who has been heading EABL’s subsidiary Kenya Breweries Limited (KBL), since September 2013 replaces Andrew Cowan who moves to EABL’s parent company Diageo as the managing director for Africa regional markets. Mr Cowan was in charge of the beer maker for four and a half years. “Mrs Karuku is…

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