Board of Directors
Mr. Japheth Anavila Magomere, aged 64, is a member of the Board. He joined CIC Board in 1988 and is the Director representing Nairobi Region, Private Sector based societies. He has been the Chairman of CIC Insurance Group Limited since 2004. Mr. Magomere is a Board Member of several schools. He has been a Delegate of Co-operative Holdings (the anchor shareholder 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, 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 Chapter.
Mr. Peter Kipkirui Nyigei aged 63, joined CIC Board in 2009. He is the Director representing Rift Valley Region 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 in Early Childhood Education, Bomet County. He is a member of the Institute of Directors Kenya.
Mr. Harrison Githae Hunyu, aged 68, is the Director representing Central Region based societies is currently the Chairman of Mutheka FCS Limited. He served previously as a director of Coffee Exports Limited and 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. The Director has also undergone a specialized Life Business Insurance Management Training conducted by LIMRA (Life Insurance and Market Research Association).
Tom Gitogo, aged 47, is the new Group Chief Executive of CIC Insurance Group. Tom has an MBA in Strategic Management and holds a BSc in Civil Engineering from the University of Nairobi. He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) as well as ICPAK and ICPSK. He has served as the Deputy Chairman of Association of Kenya Insurers (AKI) and the Chairman of its Life Insurance Council. Tom also sits in the Life Insurance Committee of the African Insurance Organisation (AIO) and is also a Member of Institute of Directors. Before joining CIC, Tom was the CEO of Pan Africa Insurance Holdings and in 2012 won the coveted CEO of the Year Award in the prestigious COYA awards.
Mr. Gordon Ondiek Owuor, aged 59, joined the Board in 2006. He is the Director representing Nyanza Region based societies. Mr. Owuor is the Chairman of JUMUIKA SACCO, a member of the Nyanza Provincial Co-operative Development Team and a Member of 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. The Director has undergone a specialized Life Business Insurance Management Training conducted by LIMRA (Life Insurance and Market Research Association).
Mr. Jonah Makau Mutuku – Director
Mr. Jonah Makau Mutuku, aged 68, joined CIC 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. Mutuku is a Delegate of Co-operative Holdings (the anchor shareholder of Co-operative Bank). He is also a member of the Institute of Directors Kenya.
Mr. Philip Lopokoiyit joined the board in 2015 as an independent and non executive Director. He is the East and Central Africa area Finance Director and Finance Director of BAT Kenya, where he has worked in various capacities since 1996. He has over 15 years’ experience in Treasury, Tax and Financial Accounting. He holds a CPA (K), Bachelor of Commerce Degree (Accounting Option) from Nairobi University and a Masters Degree in Business Administration from Warwick Business School, U.K. Mr. Philip is a member of the Institute of the Institute of Chartered Management Accountants – ACMA and a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales – FCA.
Mr. Michael Ondinya Wambia, aged 48, joined the Board in 2008. He is the Director representing Western Region based societies and is the Chairman of Busia 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.Wambia is also a Member of the Institute of Directors Kenya. The Director has also undergone a specialized Life Insurance Business Management Training conducted by LIMRA (Life Insurance and Market Research Association).
Mary Mungai, aged 58, as an independent Director, joined the Board in 2015. She represents the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Industrialization and Enterprise Development. She is the Deputy Director, Marketing and New Ventures – in the Directorate of Co-operative Development and Marketing under the Ministry of Industrialization and Enterprise Development. The Director holds MSC in Agricultural Economics from Purdue University in USA and a BSC in Agriculture from the University of Nairobi. The Director has over 33 years’ experience in policy analysis and development. She is a member of the Institute of Directors of Kenya.
Rosemary Majala Githaiga, aged 52, joined the Board in 2010. She is the Group Company Secretary and General Manager of the Co-operative Bank of Kenya Limited. She is a graduate of Nairobi University, LLB (Hons), Post- graduate Diploma in Legal Studies from Kenya School of Law, and 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. Veronicah Leseya, aged 42, 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 16 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 of Kenya, Insurance Institute of Kenya and the Kenya Institute of Management. Ms. Leseya has oversight over minority interest. The Director has also undergone a specialized Life Insurance Business Management Training conducted by LIMRA (Life Insurance and Market Research Association).
Ms. Odongo, aged 43, 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 14 years of experience in various capacities and industries ranging from Audit, Banking and Finance, Insurance and Legal. Ms. Odongo joined CIC in 2011. The Company Secretary is currently pursuing an advanced management programme from Strathmore University. She is also member of the Institute of Directors of Kenya.