BOARD OF DIRECTORS

The Board meets quarterly and is responsible for establishing the corporate governance pillars, setting the strategic direction, reviewing business performance and supervision of the management of our operations. The directors have the knowledge, experience, autonomy and skills which enable them to carry out their responsibilities.

EXECUTIVE DIRECTORS

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Christopher Flowers

Managing Director of Kakuzi Plc

Was appointed Managing Director for Kakuzi Plc in 2013.

Chris holds a Bachelors and Masters degree in agriculture and engineering.  His career has spanned the last 25 years in agricultural companies in Tanzania, Malawi, Uganda and Kenya. 

Working initially with CDC in Tanzania, Malawi and Uganda he then joined Finlay’s before taking up a post in the tea trade in Mombasa. 

Chris returned to Tanzania in 2002 working for Mufindi Tea and Coffee Company.  Chris has sat on a number of tea trade and tea research bodies and is also a published writer on tea technical and agronomic matters.  

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Ketan Shah

Finance Director of Kakuzi Plc

Was appointed Finance Director of Kakuzi Plc on 28th August 2007.

Ketan is a qualified Accountant being a member of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya and a fellow member of The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, UK.

He did his accounting training and qualified with a professional accounting firm in Nairobi, before joining Coopers & Lybrand, where he worked for 4 years.  

NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTORS

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Nicholas Nganga

Chairman of Kakuzi Plc Board

He is a holder of a BA degree from Makerere University and served as Permanent Secretary in the Ministries of Finance, Foreign Affairs and Health. Mr. Nganga has been extensively involved in the tea industry and was Chairman of the Tea Board of Kenya.

He is a past Chairman of the National Bank of Kenya and Safaricom Plc. Currently, he is the Chairman of G4S Security and Car & General Kenya Ltd.

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Graham Mclean

Non-Executive Director of Kakuzi Plc

Graham Mclean, a qualified agriculturalist, was appointed as Director of Agriculture of Camellia Plc in October 2014.

He was previously Regional Director of the Camellia Plc’s operations in Africa which included the role of MD of Kakuzi Plc from Jan 2005 to March 2013 and has worked for the Camellia Group for more than 25 years.

He was Chairman of Kakuzi Plc from 2017 to 2020 and remains a non-executive director of the Company.

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Dr John Kibunga Kimani

Non-Executive Director Kakuzi Plc

He is a holder of a Bsc degree in Agriculture from Makerere University, an Msc degree in Agricultural Economics from Reading University and a Phd in Development Studies, Economics and Socio-anthropology from University of Sussex. Dr Kimani is a member of the Agricultural Society of Kenya as well as a member of the Avocado Exporters Association of Kenya. He is also a fellow of the Economic Development Institute of the World Bank.

He has extensive experience in the agricultural sector (public and private) including planning, development and administration of small-holder agricultural extension programmes at County level, developing and managing small-holder irrigation projects and preparing long-range plans for land and water resources across Kenya.  Notably he led the planning team in the Tana and Athi River basins embracing six Districts of what were Central, Eastern and Coast Provinces of Kenya. He has worked with Government agricultural projects aided by the World Bank, SNV of the Netherlands, JICA of Japan, DANIDA of Denmark and GTZ of Germany.

INDEPENDENT DIRECTORS

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Daniel M. Ndonye

Independent Director of Kakuzi Plc and Chairman of the Audit & Risk Committee

He is a chartered accountant by profession, having worked with Deloitte & Touche for over 30 years, 20 of which he was the Managing/Senior Partner. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Nairobi. He is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya and the Institute of Certified Public Secretaries of Kenya.

He is also the Chairman of I&M Holdings Ltd, AccessKenya Group Ltd and AutoXpress Ltd.

He is currently also on the Board of Directors of KenolKobil Ltd and APA Insurance Ltd

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Stephen Waruhiu

Independent Director of Kakuzi Plc

He is a licenced valuer and estate agent. He is the Managing Director of Lloyd Masika Limited. He is also a Director of Rea Vipingo plantations Limited and has been practising as a valuer and estate agent in Kenya, and also in Tanzania and Uganda, for over 35 years.

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Andrew Ndegwa Njoroge

Independent Director of Kakuzi Plc

He is a Chartered Accountant by profession. He holds a Masters of Business Administration Degree from the University of British Columbia, Canada. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

He is currently also on the Board of Combrok Ltd and Kinandu Ltd.

SENIOR MANAGEMENT

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SIMON ODHIAMBO

was appointed Executive Head - Corporate Affairs of Kakuzi Plc in 2020.

He is a social scientist with experience working with communities in implementing development and relief interventions.

He is a competent Public Health professional with a BSc in Environmental Health and currently undertaking his MPH studies.

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DENNIS WEDD

was appointed Executive Head - Agriculture of Kakuzi Plc in 2021. He is a qualified Agricultural Engineer with over 19 years’ experience in Horticulture, Tea, Floriculture, Arable and Large scale Vegetable farming.

He currently oversees the management of Kakuzi’s diverse operations including avocado, macadamia, pineapple, forestry and livestock.

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DR. WILSON ODIYO

was appointed Assistant General Manager Corporate Affairs in 2019.

 He holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Strategic Human Resource Management and is a Certified Human Resource Professional (CHRP (K)) and a member of the Institute of Human Resource Management. He is also trained in Labour Law and Arbitration.

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BENJAMIN OKIRING

was appointed General Manager Finance and Administration for Kakuzi Plc in March 2018.

He is a qualified accountant and a member of the Certified Public Accountants of Kenya. 

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JONATHAN KIPRUTO

was appointed Assistant General Manager, Horticulture Operations in 2020.

He holds a Masters degree in Strategic Management and an undergraduate degree in Chemical and Process Engineering.

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MATHIAS MUINDE

was appointed Assistant General Manager, Macadamia Operations in 2020.

Mathias joined Kakuzi in 1990. He has an agricultural background and experience in Coffee and Macadamia Operations.

HEADS OF DEPARTMENTS

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STELLA WANGECHI NGOTHO

was appointed Gender and Human Rights Manager in 2020.

She holds a Master of Laws degree in Sustainable International Development and is a Certified professional Mediator.

With 11 years experience in programming and management of Human rights in the context of Business and Human rights, Gender and Access to Remedy.  

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SAMMY CHEGE

was appointed Forestry Manager forestry operations in 2020.

He holds a BSC degree in Forestry Resource Management and has over 26 years’ experience in forestry operations in both sustainable forest establishment and wood processing. Has been a member of KEBS timber technical committee for over 7 years.

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GRACE MUMBI NJERU

was appointed Technical Manager in April 2021.

She holds a Masters degree in Horticulture and is BASIS certified in fertilizer advice with over 10 years’ experience in field research.

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DR. KARATINA NCHOKI

was appointed Manger Livestock, Joint Ventures and Arable in January 2020.

He holds a Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine(BVM) and is a member of Kenya Veterinary Board(KVB).

He has worked for the company for the last 11 years and previously on one year management training with an International Non-governmental Organization.

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SALOME POSHO

was appointed Administration Manager in 2019.

She holds a Degree in Bachelor of Commerce Finance and is a Certified Public Accountant Kenya (CPAK) and a member of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya.

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HENRY OWINO

was appointed Group Manager-Macadamia in 2020.

He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Food Science and Technology and is also a technical committee member of the  KEBS, EASC/TC 015 (Oil seeds, Edible Fat and Oils).

He is also trained in Food Safety Systems Management.

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MARY NJAMBI NJUGUNA

was appointed Stores Manager in 2014

Degree in Procurement and Logistics , Certified public Accountant and  Member of Kenya Institute of supplies management (KISM)

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ANTHONY DODDS

was appointed Assistant General Manager Supplies and Services in 2014

Trained as a civil engineer with thirty years experience in the industry.

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ZACHARY GIKU

was appointed senior estate manager packhouse and horticulture East in January 2021

He holds a Bsc Agricultural Engineering from Egerton University.

Has over 20 years working experience in the agricultural sector in tea and horticulture.

 

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KIRAGU ANDREW KURUGA

was appointed Internal Audit Manager in 1997

A Certified Public Accountant (CPAK) with more than 30 years’ experience.

A member of Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA-Kenya)

Widely trained in Labour Laws Including trade union issues and Negotiation Skills.

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JOSEPH RUTERE

was appointed IT Manager in 2008.

He holds a Masters degree in Management Information Systems and is a Certified Information Security Manager and a member of Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA).

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LABAN KIPKOECH KOIMA

was appointed Manager, Blueberry in 2020

Trained Horticulturist with over 20 years’ experience in related field.

Graduate and Alumni of Egerton University.