Board of Directors

Board of Directors

BOARD

Japheth Anavila Magomere, OGW, Chairman of the Board

Japheth Anavila Magomere, aged 61, is the Chairman 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 Board since 2004. Mr. Magomere is also a Board Member of several schools. He has been a Delegate of Co-op holdings (the anchor shareholder of Co-operative Bank) since 1986 and is a Member of the Institute of Directors of Kenya. He serves as the Vice Chairman of Co-operative Alliance of Kenya, formerly Kenya National Federation of Cooperatives (KNFC). 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.

Rev. Peterson Njue Kagane, Vice Chairman

Rev. Peterson Njue Kagane, aged 53, 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 is the Vicar General and the Provost of St. Paul’s Cathedral and 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 of Kenya.

Peter Kipkirui Nyigei, Director

Peter Kipkirui Nyigei aged 60, joined the Board in 2009. He is the Director Representing Rift Valley Province based societies and is a director of Kipsigis Teachers 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.

Gordon Ondiek Owuor, Director

Gordon Ondiek Owuor, aged 56, 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 of 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.

Joshuah Njogu Njoroge, Director

Joshuah Njogu Njoroge, aged 65, is trained in Executive International and Domestic Banking. He is a retired senior Central Bank official and a Director Representing K.Unity SACCO. He has been a Board Member since 2006 and is the Chairman Limuru Dairy FCS Limited. Mr. Njoroge is the Chairman Limuru Milk Processors Limited, the Chairman of K. Unity SACCO and the Diocesan Treasurer ACK Diocese of Mt. Kenya South. Mr. Njoroge is also a Delegate of Co-opholdings (the anchor shareholder of Co-operative Bank) and a Member of the Institute of Directors of Kenya.

Jonah Makau Mutuku, Director

Jonah Makau Mutuku, aged 65, 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 Miritini Church. Mr. Mutuku is a Delegate of Co-opholdings (the anchor shareholder of Co-operative Bank).

Michael Ondinya Wambia, Director

Michael Ondinya Wambia, aged 44, joined the Board in 2008. He is the Director representing Western Province based societies and is the Treasurer of Busia and Teso Teachers SACCO. He is a teacher by profession.

Stella Gatirithu Kaimenyi, HSC,Director – Independent

Stella Gatirithu Kaimenyi, aged 58, joined the Board in 2010. She represents the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Co-operative Development and Marketing. 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 Senior Deputy Commissioner for Co-operative Development and Head of Governance and Ethics Department at the Ministry’s Headquarters. She has worked in various senior positions at 38 the Ministry and has over 27 years of experience. Mrs. Kaimenyi is an independent director with oversight over minority interest.

Mrs. Rosemary Majala Githaiga, Director – Independent

Rosemary Majala Githaiga, aged 49, joined the Board in 2010. She is the Company Secretary of the Co-operative Bank of Kenya Limited Group, – which comprises Co-op bank, two wholly owned subsidiaries, – Co-op trust Investment Services Limited and Co-operative Consultancy Services Limited, and the stock broking firm of Kingdom Securities Limited in which the bank has majority shareholding. As Company Secretary, she has responsibility for overall provision of legal counsel and company secretarial services, security services, compliance, and ICT risk and control services to the Group.

She is also the Trust Secretary of the Co-operative Bank Foundation under which she has responsibility for the school fees bursary programme for over 1,300 needy and bright students. She has over 22 years experience as a lawyer and prior to joining Co-op Bank in 1996, worked for Hamilton Harrison and Mathews Advocates. Rosemary is a graduate of Nairobi University LLB (Hons). She holds a Diploma in Legal studies from the Kenya School of Law, and is a member of the Institute of Certified Public Secretaries of Kenya (ICPSK), an associate member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and a member of the Institute of Directors of Kenya. Mrs. Githaiga is an independent director. Mrs. Githaiga is an independent director with oversight over minority interest.

Ms. Grace Kulola Mabishi, Director – Independent

Ms. Grace Mabishi aged 51 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) and a Bachelor of Commerce Degree, accounting option from Nairobi University. Ms. Mabishi is an independent director with oversight over minority interest.

Ms. Veronicah Soila Leseya, Director – Independent

Ms. Veronica Leseya aged 37 joined CIC in 2012 as an independent director. She currently heads the Admission and Benefit Administration Department at Local Authority Provident Fund (LAPFUND). She has over 14 years working experience in pension, group life and medical servicing. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Nairobi University and a Diploma in Insurance (AIIK), and is currently 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 is an independent director with oversight over minority interest.

Nelson Chege Kuria, OGW, MBS – Group Chief Executive Officer (GCEO)

Mr. Nelson Kuria, aged 57, obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics from the University of Nairobi in 1979. Since then he has undergone extensive training in Strategic Management. Mr. Kuria has a total of 31 years working experience most of which have been in the insurance industry after a stint of 3 years in development banking. He joined the insurance industry through the then Kenya National Assurance Company in 1982 where he worked for 12 years up to December 1993. In 1994, he worked briefly for a private insurance company after which he became a consultant and Investors agent. He joined CIC in 1998 as Chief Manager in charge of Business Development and Strategy and was promoted to General Manager in 2000, and Managing Director/ CEO of in July 2001. He is a former member of the Board and the immediate past Chairman of the Association of Kenya Insurers (AKI). Mr. Kuria represented AKI in the Board of the Federation of Kenyan Employers, where he was currently Deputy Chairman, and the Board of Kenya Reinsurers Corporation. He is a member of the Institute of Directors of Kenya and a member of other boards as follows:

Trustee – Higher Education Loans Board Retirement Benefits Scheme

Board Member- Life Ministry Kenya

Board Member – International Co-operative & Mutual Insurance Federation (ICMIF) – UK

Chairman – Board of Governors – Nyandarua High School

State Honours – Order of the Grand Warrior of Kenya (OGW) in 2005 and Moran of the Order of the Burning Spear (MBS) in 2011.

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