Board of Directors

Dr. Wilfred Kiboro
Chairman

Dr. Wilfred Kiboro

Dr. Wilfred Kiboro holds a Bachelor of Science (Civil Engineering) from the University of Nairobi. He retired from NMG as the Group Chief Executive Officer on 31st October 2006 after working for the Company for thirteen years. He was appointed a non-executive director in December 2006 and was elected the Chairman of the Board in September 2009. Dr. Kiboro was awarded an honorary Doctor of Philosophy degree by Kenyatta University in December 2015. He is a member of the Nominations Committee. Dr. Kiboro is the Chancellor of Riara University and the Chairman of Family Bank Limited and Wilfay Investments Limited, a family owned enterprise.
Joe Muganda
Group Chief Executive

Joe Muganda

Mr. Joe Muganda holds an MBA from Leicester University and a Bachelor of Science (Economics, Accounting and Financial Management) from the University of Buckingham (United Kingdom). He is the Group Chief Executive Officer and joined the board in July 2015. He has previously worked as the Managing Director of Kenya Breweries Limited and has held senior positions at British America Tobacco, Unilever and Barclays Bank. He is a director of the International Press Institute, the Africa Media Initiative, the Group’s subsidiary companies and PDM Holdings Limited, an associate Company. Mr. Muganda is a member of the Nominations, the Editorial and the Strategic Planning Committees.
Dennis Aluanga
Director

Dennis Aluanga

Mr. Dennis Aluanga holds an MBA from the University of Edinburgh (United Kingdom) and is a Certified Public Accountant of Kenya. He was appointed to the board in March 2009. He is a Partner at Helios Investment Partners, an Africa focused private investment firm. He was previously the Chief Operating Officer at Industrial Promotion Services (East Africa) and has also worked at NMG as the Group Finance Director and the Chief Operating Officer. He is also a director of Equity Bank Limited and Vivo Energy Kenya Limited. Mr. Aluanga chairs the Risk and Compliance Committee and is a member of the Editorial Committee.
Richard Dowden
Director

Richard Dowden

Mr. Richard Dowden holds a Bachelor of Arts (History) from London University (United Kingdom). He began his career in journalism as the Editor of the Catholic Herald in 1976, before joining The Times foreign desk in 1980 reporting from the Middle East and Africa. He joined The Independent in 1986 as the Africa Editor, moving to The Economist in 1995 as Africa Director until 2001, when he resigned to become a freelance journalist and writer. He was appointed the director of the Royal African Society in 2002. Mr. Dowden has produced several television documentaries on Africa which have been aired on the BBC and Channel 4 television stations in the UK and is the author of the book Africa: Altered States, Ordinary Miracles which was published in 2008. He joined the board in March 2010 and is a member of the Editorial and the Strategic Planning Committees.
Stephen Gitagama
Director

Stephen Gitagama

Mr. Stephen Gitagama holds an MBA and a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) from the University of Nairobi and is a Certified Public Accountant of Kenya. He is the Group Finance Director and was appointed to the Board in March 2008. He previously worked as a Finance Director with East African Breweries Limited. Mr. Gitagama is a director of the Group’s Subsidiary Companies and is a member of the Strategic Planning Committee.
Prof. Lee Huebner
Director

Prof. Lee Huebner

Prof. Lee Huebner holds a Ph.D and an MA from Harvard University and a BA from Northwestern University (USA) and is a Professor of the School of Media and Public Affairs at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. (USA). He was formerly a professor at Northwestern University and has also served as the Chief Executive Officer of the International Herald Tribune in Paris for fourteen years. He joined the board in December 1995. Prof. Huebner is the Chairman of the Strategic Planning Committee and is a member of the Nominations Committee.
Dr. Yasmin Jetha
Director

Dr. Yasmin Jetha

Dr. Yasmin Jetha holds a Master of Science in Management Science from Imperial College (London) and a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from London University (United Kingdom). She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws degree by the University of Leicester (United Kingdom) in 2005 and was made an honorary Fellow of the University of Bedfordshire (United Kingdom) in 2011. She was the Chief Information Officer prior to her retirement in 2014 at Bupa, a leading healthcare company and was previously the Chief Operating Officer at the Financial Times (United Kingdom). Dr. Jetha joined the board in September 2009 and is the Chairman of the Human Resources and Remuneration Committee and a member of the Strategic Planning Committee.
Dr. Simon Kagugube
Director

Dr. Simon Kagugube

Dr. Simon Kagugube holds a Ph.D in International Humanitarian Law, a Doctor of Science of Law in Immigration, Refugees and Asylum Law and a Masters of Laws in Corporation Law, Taxation and International Trade Systems, all from Yale University (USA) and a Bachelor of Laws from Makerere University (Uganda). He is the Executive Director of Centenary Rural Development Bank Limited in Uganda. He joined the Board in September 2011 and is the Chairman of the Board of Monitor Publications Limited in Uganda. Dr. Kagugube is a member of the Risk and Compliance Committee
James Montgomery
Director

James Montgomery

Mr. James Montgomery holds a Bachelor of Arts in Politics and Philosophy (Hons) from the University of Durham (UK). He is the director of digital development at BBC News which publishes one of the world’s leading English language websites as well as digital news and features in 29 other languages. He previously worked as an Assistant Editor for the Financial Times. Mr. Montgomery joined the Board in September 2012 and is a member of the Strategic Planning Committee.
Prof. Olive Mugenda
Director

Prof. Olive Mugenda

Prof. Olive Mugenda holds a Ph.D and an M.Sc in Family Studies, Education, Consumer Sciences and Research Methods from Iowa State University (USA), an MBA from the Eastern and Southern Africa Management Institute and a B.Ed from the University of Nairobi. She has been the Vice-Chancellor of Kenyatta University since 2006 until her retirement in March 2016, where she has also held various senior lecturing positions from 1984. Prof. Mugenda joined the board in September 2010 and is a member of the Editorial and the Human Resources and Remuneration Committees.
Leonard Mususa
Director

Leonard Mususa

Mr. Leonard Mususais a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (UK) and a Fellow Certified Public Accountant (Tanzania). He was the Country Senior Partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers in Tanzania until his retirement in June 2014. He has served as Regional Head of Risk and Quality of the PwC Assurance business covering 9 countries, as well as the Overall Head of Risk and Quality of 6 countries comprising the East African Market area. He was appointed to the NMG board in March 2015. He is a member of the Risk and Compliance as well as the Human Resources and Remuneration Committees and Chairman of Mwananchi Communications Limited in Tanzania. He is also a director of ARM Cement Limited and Chairman of its Tanzanian subsidiaries, a director of National Microfinance Bank Plc (in Tanzania), Tanzania Breweries Limited and Reliance Insurance Company (Tanzania) Limited .
Tom Mshindi
Director

Tom Mshindi

Mr. Tom Mshindi is a graduate of the University of Nairobi School of Journalism and has an AMP certificate from Strathmore Business School and another from IESE, New York. He worked for the Nation Media Group as a journalist rising to the position on Managing Editor of the Daily Nation before joining UNICEF as an editor in New York. He served as UNICEF’s chief of communications in its Nigeria programme. He has worked as the Chief Executive Officer of the Standard Media Group before taking up appointment as the Managing Director of Monitor Publications Limited and subsequently at Nation Newspapers division. Mr Mshindi was appointed the Editor-In Chief on 5 June 2015 and appointed an Alternate Director.
Francis Okomo Okello
Director

Francis Okomo Okello

Mr. Francis Okomo Okello holds a Bachelor of Laws Degree from the University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and is an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya, an Albert Parvin Fellow of Princeton University, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs (USA) as well as a Fellow of the Kenya Institute of Bankers (FKIB). He joined the board in December 1995. Mr. Okello is the Chairman of Barclays Bank of Kenya Limited and an Independent Non-Executive Director of Barclays Africa Group Limited, as well as the Chairman of TPS Eastern Africa Limited (Serena Group of hotels and lodges). He is a member of the Advisory Board of the Strathmore Business School, Strathmore University and is also a member of the Advisory Committee of the Aga Khan University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences- East Africa. He is the Executive Director in charge of Legal and Corporate Affairs at Industrial Promotion Services (East Africa) Group of Companies. Mr. Okello is the Chairman of the Editorial Committee.
Anwar Poonawala
Director

Anwar Poonawala

Mr. Anwar Poonawala holds a Master of Science (Industrial Engineering) and an MBA from the University of Iowa (USA). He joined the board in June 1989. He has been associated with the Aga Khan Development Network for over thirty years and retired in 2006 as the director of Industrial Promotion Services based in Paris, France. Mr. Poonawala is a director of AKFED. He is a member of the Risk and Compliance, the Nominations and the Human Resources and Remuneration Committees.
Gerard Wilkinson
Director

Gerard Wilkinson

Mr. Gerard Wilkinson holds an MEcon.Sc and an MS and a BA, from Ireland and the United States of America. He lectured at the School of Business University College, Dublin, Ireland. He has served as a senior executive at Independent Newspapers, in Dublin, the Managing Director, Nation Newspapers in Kenya, Managing Director, ASPACOS, Consorzio Costa Smeralda, Sardinia, Italy and as the Head of Public Affairs at the Aga Khan Secretariat in Paris, France. He initially served on the board from September 1973 until 1980 and rejoined the board in April 1983. Mr. Wilkinson is the Chairman of the Nominations Committee and is a member of the Strategic Planning Committee.
James Kinyua
Director

James Kinyua

Mr. James Kinyua (Group Company Secretary) holds a Bachelor of Laws (Hons.) from the University of Sheffield (United Kingdom) and a Bachelor of Arts (Political Science) from York University (Canada). He is an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya and is also a Certified Public Secretary of Kenya (CPS K) and a member of the Institute of Directors (Kenya). He is an alumni of the Cambridge University Advanced Leadership Programme. He was appointed the Company Secretary in July 1998 and is the head of the Legal and Administration department. He is a director of the Group’s subsidiary companies.