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Brand Kenya board sends home acting CEO Mary Luseka

Mary Luseka has been serving in an acting capacity since her appointment in 2016. PHOTO | FILE
Mary Luseka has been serving in an acting capacity since her appointment in 2016. PHOTO | FILE 

Brand Kenya board has sacked its CEO, Mary Luseka, nearly two years after she took over from her predecessor Nzilu Musyoki.

Ms Luseka who has been serving in an acting capacity since her appointment in 2016 said she received her termination letter on May 16.

The board of the State agency has appointed head of finance Floice Mukabana as the acting chief executive.

“While away on leave, I received a letter on May 16 signed by one of the directors on behalf of the board purporting to terminate my employment on the basis of clause 27 of my employment contract that allows either party to terminate at will in lieu of notice,” said Ms Luseka in response to Business Daily queries.

“No ground whatsoever was provided in the letter, as the basis for the purported termination,” she said.

However, Ms Luseka has been accused of insulting employees and interdicting staff who were opposed to her management tactics.

“I went on annual leave on April 18 and I am scheduled to return to work on June 6. As I proceeded on annual leave, I handed over to the head of finance as acting CEO for the leave period. The allegations therefore that I was sent home for insulting employees and poor performance are false,” she said.

Ms Luseka has more than 10 years experience in strategy and marketing at the local, regional and international level.

Before her appointment, she was the head of strategy and planning at the Kenya Tourism Board where she oversaw the development of new tourism marketing strategy.

Previously, she had worked at KCB Group #ticker:KCB as the acting group marketing manager where she spearheaded various marketing initiatives such as ‘Shinda Acre na KCB’ promotion.

She was also secretary to the task force on tourism recovery, which was constituted by President Uhuru Kenyatta in 2014 in the wake of a terror attack.

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