Board of Directors
Mr. Japheth Anavila Magomere, OGW, - Group Chairman
Mr. Japheth Anavila Magomere, aged 62, is a member of the Board. He Joined the Board in 1988 and is the Director representing Nairobi Province Private Sector Based Societies. He has been the Chairman of CIC Insurance Group Ltd Board since 2004. Mr. Magomere is also a Board Member of several schools. He has been a Delegate of Co-operative Holdings (the anchor share holder of Co-operative Bank) since 1986 and is a Member of the Institute of Directors Kenya.
He serves as the Vice Chairman of Co-operative Alliance of Kenya [formerly Kenya National Federation of Co-operatives (KNFC)], Honorable Secretary Maisha Bora Sacco since 1984 and also a Council member of East African Farmers Federation since 2008. Mr. Magomere is the current Chairman of the National Council for Ushirika Day Celebrations. He was honoured with the Order of the Grand Warrior of Kenya (“OGW”) in 2009. He is also a board member of the International Co-operative Alliance (“ICA”), Africa, Hon. Secretary of Maisha Bora SACCO since 1984 and council member of East Africa Farmers Federation since 2008.
REV. Peterson Njue Kagane, Group Vice- Chairman
Rev. Peterson Njue Kagane, aged 55, joined the Board in 2007. He holds a Bachelor of Divinity and a Diploma in Theology. He is the Director representing Eastern Province based Societies. Rev. Kagane was the Vicar General and the Provost of St. Paul’s Cathedral of the ACK Diocese of Embu. He is also the Chairman of St. Agnes Girls Secondary School and the Scouts Centre Embu. He is a member of the Institute of Directors Kenya.
Mr. Harrison Githae Hunyu, -Director
Mr. Harrison Githae Hunyu, aged 67, is currently the Chairman of Mutheka FCS Limited and served as a Director of Kenya Co-operative Coffee Exporters Limited. The Director is a member of the Institute of Directors of Kenya. He has worked as a Parliamentary Reporter (Hansard), District Officer, District Commissioner and Under Secretary in various Central Government Ministries retiring as a Deputy Secretary in 2001. He is a graduate of Nairobi University, Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) and holds an Advanced Certificate in Public Administration and Parliamentary Training. He has attended local and international courses in administration
Mr. Nelson Chege Kuria, OGW, MBS - Group Chief Executive Officer (GCEO)
Mr. Kuria, aged 59 is an Economist with 35 years’ experience in Development finance and Insurance. He joined The Co-operative Insurance Company of Kenya, now CIC Insurance Group in June 1998 as Chief Manager in charge of Strategy and Business development and became CEO in 2001 and Group CEO in 2011.
He has been honored with two awards by the president of Kenya for his contribution in the development of the co-operative movement in Kenya (Order of the Grand Warrior- OGW-2005- and Moran of the Burning Spear- MBS-2011). In July 2012 Mr. Kuria was honored with the Life Time Achievement Award for his role in the development of the insurance industry in Kenya.
Mr. Kuria has served as a director in many boards in Kenya. He is past chairman of the Association of Kenya Insurers (AKI), past Deputy Chairman Federation of Kenya Employers (FKE), and is currently a member of many boards including the International Co-operative & Mutual Insurance Federation (ICMIF) – based in Manchester-UK, and Takaful Insurance of Africa. In 2011, he was a member of the UN Expert Group on Co-operatives and in 2012, he was a member of the International Co-operative Alliance (ICA) Planning Working Group which developed the Global Co-operative Blueprint. He is currently the Chair of the Micro insurance Working Group of the African Insurance Organization-AIO.
Mr. Gordon Ondiek Owuor, - Director
Mr. Gordon Ondiek Owuor, aged 57, joined the Board in 2006. He is the Director representing Nyanza based societies. Mr. Owuor is the Chairman Chemelil SACCO, a member of the Nyanza Provincial Co-operative Development Team and an Associate Member Institute of Directors Kenya. He previously worked with the East African Fresh Water Fisheries Research Organization and currently works at Chemelil Sugar Company. He holds an executive Diploma in Financial Management.
Mr. Michael Ondinya Wambia - Director
Mr. Michael Ondinya Wambia, aged 45, joined the Board in 2008. He is the Director representing Western Province based societies and is the Chairman of Busia and Teso Teachers SACCO. He is a teacher by profession. The Director also holds a diploma in Education Management from KEMI (Kenya Educational Management Institute)
Mr. Jonah Makau Mutuku -Director
Mr. Jonah Makau Mutuku, aged 66, joined the Board in 2008. He is the Director representing Coast and North Eastern Province Based Societies and is the Chairman of Mombasa Teachers SACCO. He is a retired teacher and serves as the Vicar’s Warden ACK St. Philips Church. Mr. Mutukuisa Delegate of Co-operative Holdings (the anchor shareholder of Co-operative Bank).
Mr. Peter Kipkirui Nyigei, - Director
Mr. Peter Kipkirui Nyigei aged 60, joined the Board in 2009. He is the Director Representing RiftValley Province based societies and is the Secretary of Sinendet Tea Multipurpose Society. He is also a Director of Imarisha SACCO. Mr. Kipkirui is a retired teacher and educationist Principal. He has equally served as a Programme Officer, Bomet Diocese. He is a member of the Institute of Directors of Kenya
Ms. Stella Kaimenyi, HSC, - Director
Ms. Stella Kaimenyi, aged 59, as an independent Director, joined the Board in 2010. She represents the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Industrialization and Enterprise Development. Mrs. Kaimenyi holds a Bachelor of Science Degree, Agriculture from the University of Nairobi and Master of Science Degree, Management and Organizational Development. She is currently the Secretary of Ethics Commission for Co-operative Societies based at Ministry’s Headquarters. She has worked in various senior positions at the Ministry and has over 34 years of experience.
Ms. Rosemary M. Githaiga, - Director
Ms. Rosemary Majala Githaiga, aged 50, joined the Board in 2010. She is the Group Company Secretary of the Co-operative Bank of Kenya Limited. She is a graduate of Nairobi University, LLB (Hons), holds a Post-graduate Diploma in Legal Studies from Kenya School of Law and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Secretaries. She is also an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. She is a member of the Institute of Directors of Kenya.
Ms. Grace Kulola Mabishi - Director
Ms. Grace Mabishi aged 53 joined the board in 2012 as an independent Director. She is the head of Internal Audit at KCA University, where she has worked in various capacities since 2008. She has over 23 years’ experience in Audit, Accountancy, Taxation, Secretarial and Consultancy services. She holds a CPA (K), Bachelor of Commerce Degree (accounting option) from Nairobi University and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from KCA University. Ms. Mabishi is an independent Director with oversight over minority interest.
Ms. Veronicah Soila Leseya - Director
Ms. Veronicah Leseya, aged 40, joined CIC in 2012 as an independent Director. She currently heads the admission and benefits administration Department at Local Authorities Provident Fund (LAPFUND). She has over 15 years working experience in pension, group life and medical servicing. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Nairobi University and a Diploma in Insurance (AIIK), and is pursuing an Executive Masters in Business Administration from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT). She is a member of the Institute of Directors, Insurance Institute of Kenya and the Kenya Institute of Management. Ms. Leseya has oversight over minority interest.
Ms. Gail Odongo-Group Company Secretary
Ms. Odongo, aged 41, is the Group Company Secretary/ Chief Legal Officer. She is an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya holding a Bachelor of Laws (“LLB”) Degree from the University of Liverpool and a Master of Business Administration (“MBA”) from Salford University in the United Kingdom. Professionally Ms. Odongo is a Certified Public Secretaries [“CPS (K)”]. She holds a Post Graduate Diploma from the Kenya School of Law and has 13 years of experience in various capacities and industries ranging from Audit, Banking and Finance, Insurance and Legal. Ms. Odongo joined CIC in 2011.