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Kenyans win top positions in global conglomerates

Ory Okolloh, founder of Ushahidi, James Wainaina, the Mastercard East Africa vice president and Former EABL boss Gerald Mahinda who is now MD of American food manufacturer Kellogg’s. FILE
Ory Okolloh, founder of Ushahidi, James Wainaina, the Mastercard East Africa vice president and Former EABL boss Gerald Mahinda who is now MD of American food manufacturer Kellogg’s. FILE 

The recent appointment of former EABL boss Gerald Mahinda as managing director of a New York Stock Exchange-listed cereal maker has added the number of Kenyan executives rising to top positions of global conglomerates.

Mr Mahinda’s appointment as sub-Sahara African MD for US foods manufacturer Kellogg’s came just two months after Standard Chartered Bank promoted Richard Etemesi, who was CEO for the Kenyan unit, to head the global lender’s South African unit and four other countries including Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Mauritius.

The appointments to positions in which they control multi-billion dollar balance sheets underscore the pedigree associated with Kenyan executives’ management acumen.

Other recent high profile appointments include Tony Mwai’s recruitment as business leader at IBM’s South Africa office and promotion of Louis Otieno to spearhead Microsoft’s 4Afrika programme, which has set a target to supply millions of African school children with customised laptops.

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