KCB Appoints New Chairman, Andrew Wambari Kairu

The Kenya Commercial Bank has appointed Mr Andrew Wambari Kairu as the new Group Chairman to take over from Ngeny Biwott.

Biwott has served the bank as the chairman since 2013.

According to an announcement sent to newsrooms, Kairu’s appointment took effect on Wednesday, October 24.

Before his appointment, he has been an independent non-executive director of KCB since 2016.

Through his banking career, he has had stints at the Commercial Bank of Africa, Standard Chattered Bank and Citibank. At Citibank, he was appointed as the head of emerging markets financial institution business in London.

“He has an outstanding interpersonal and leadership skills from managing key senior level stakeholder relationships and driving performance against international best practices in risk management, corporate governance and compliance frameworks,” said the group company secretary Mr Joseph Kania in a statement.

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Mr Kairu joined Ghana International Bank in London in 2004 as the Chief Operating Officer and executive director, a position he held for over 10 years. He is a member of the Audit Committee of Commonwealth Secretariat, London.

Mr Kairu holds a Bachelors degree in commerce from the University of Nairobi, an executive Development qualification from Wharton Business and Corporate Governance Certification on Board’s Effectiveness from Havard Business School.

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