Board of Directors

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Mr. Philip Odera has had a long and successful career in banking. He was appointed as a non-executive director of Liberty Kenya Holdings Plc on September 2, 2016, and as chairman of the board on October 24, 2018. Prior to that, he worked for Standard Bank for 15 years, where he held various senior positions, including CEO of Stanbic Bank Kenya, South Sudan, Uganda, and Malawi. He was also the deputy managing director of Stanbic Bank Tanzania and CEO of Citibank in the DRC. Mr. Odera is a highly respected banker with a wealth of experience in the industry.

He is a banker by profession, having held a variety of assignments across different cultures and geographies over the last 32 years, including in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Malawi, Nigeria, Democratic Republic of Congo, Pakistan, Malaysia, and Singapore. Mr. Odera has risen from the position of Commodities Analyst in Boston (USA) at Kramer Brokerage Company to his previous position as Chief Executive, Stanbic Bank Limited and Non-Executive Director on the Board of SBG Securities Limited.

Philip completed his entire pre-university schooling in Kenya before admission to St. Lawrence University in New York, USA for a degree in Economics, which he obtained in 1980. This was followed by an MBA in Finance obtained from Suffolk University in Boston. Subsequently, he has attended several leadership programmes conducted by leading institutions such as Duke, Harvard and Cambridge universities, as well as Standard Bank and London Business School.

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Mr. Kieran Godden was appointed Group Chief Executive Officer and Director in August 2023. He is a highly regarded actuary and statistician with a BSc (Hons) and MSc from the University of Johannesburg. He is also a fellow of the Actuarial Society of South Africa. Godden has over 25 years of experience in the insurance and retirement fund industry.

He began his career as an actuarial assistant in 1998 and rose through the ranks to become the head of actuarial services for the Corporate Benefits Division in 2002. He later held managerial positions as a divisional director and chief financial officer of Liberty Corporate in South Africa.

Kieran served as the chief financial officer of Liberty Nigeria Holding Company. He worked in Nigeria for a total of five and a half years, working for both Liberty Insurance Nigeria and Total Health Trust Limited (Nigeria), a subsidiary of the larger Liberty Group. He has held various positions, including chief financial officer, chief operating officer, and executive director.

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Mr. Peter Gethi, who was appointed to the Board on December 17, 2009, is a notable alumnus of the University of London with a BSc (Hons) degree in Agriculture Economics. He has extensive managerial experience in agriculture business management, having served as general manager of Kilimanjaro Plantations Limited (TZ) and senior group manager of SCEM Limited (formerly Standard Chartered Estate Management).

He works as an Agricultural Consultant and is involved with Real Estate Development as the Managing Director of Nebange Ltd. He is the chairman of Heritage Insurance Kenya Limited and Liberty Life Assurance Kenya Limited and a director of The Heritage Insurance Company Tanzania Limited, Stanbic Holdings Limited and Stanbic Bank Limited.

Peter serves on the Audit and Risk Committees of Liberty Kenya Holdings Plc (formerly Liberty Kenya Holdings Limited), and Heritage Insurance Company Tanzania Limited.

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Mr. Mike du Toit is a professional banker with qualifications from South Africa and the United Kingdom. He has had a successful career in the financial services industry in sub-Saharan Africa, having worked and lived in Botswana, Mozambique, South Africa, and Uganda.

He joined Liberty in 2008 and served as the Company’s Managing Director and Liberty Group’s Regional Executive for East and Central Africa until March 2022, during which he was primarily responsible for strategic growth initiatives, governance and stakeholder engagement.

Prior to this he was Managing Director of Stanbic Bank Limited, having led the merger of the Stanbic and CFC Groups. His extensive experience and strategic leadership extend to his roles on the boards of all Group associated insurance companies across the region.

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Mr. Jeffery Hubbard, a SAICA-registered Chartered Accountant, holds a BCom degree from UCT and has 37 years of experience in the workforce. Mr. Hubbard began his career at Deloitte and Touche in 1985 and has since held several financial director positions for large organisations in a variety of industries.

He joined Liberty South Africa in 2004 as head of financial reporting, responsible for group financial and regulatory reporting and oversight and training of business unit chief financial officers.

Jeffery is currently the Liberty South Africa group business development cluster executive, responsible for Liberty’s businesses outside of South Africa as well as components of the South African insurance operations. He has held various positions within Liberty, including the Group’s Chief Financial Officer. Under his leadership, Liberty South Africa ranked first in the EY’s Excellence in Integrated Reporting Awards 2015.

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Mr. Rajesh Shah is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya (ICPAK) has a career spanning over 40 years in professional services.

He graduated in 1979 from the University of Leeds with first-class honours with distinction in mathematics. He articled with Ernst & Young, England and qualified as a chartered accountant in 1982. He trained as a computer audit specialist in 1983 and joined Price Waterhouse, Kenya in 1985 and worked in all lines of service of PwC. Mr. Shah is known for leading complex advisory and tax assignments in various sectors across the region.

Rajesh is the executive chairman of V2R Managing Limited, a business consultancy, and chairman of the Jain Social Group Nairobi, a charitable organisation. He also serves as the chairman of the group audit and risk committee.

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Ms. Catherine Mitchem has over 20 years’ cross-discipline experience in financial services, ICT and pharmaceutical sector. She holds a Bachelor of Science from Delaware State University.

She is currently serving on the Board of the Heritage Insurance Company Kenya Limited, besides holding leadership roles in notable financial services sector. She has supported the growth of several African companies through her innovative technology solutions and financing counsel.

She is a Co-founder of Barani Capital Limited. Barani is a corporate finance and investment advisory services company. Ms. Mitchem has previously served in the Liberty Life Board.

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Doreen Onwong’a is a Partner at Qwasha Corporate Services LLP, part of KN Law LLP. She has advised and acted for corporates in the financial services sector in the provision of company secretarial, governance audit and advisory services.

She is an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya and holds a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) Degree from the University of Nairobi. She is also a member of the Law Society of Kenya, and is a registered practicing Certified Secretary.

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Ms. Rachel Mbai, a renowned lawyer specialising in real estate and property management, property acquisition/disposal, and development, was appointed as a Director of the Company on August 27, 2020. She holds an LLB (Hons) degree and is a partner at Kaplan & Stratton, a firm she joined in 1991 after being admitted to the High Court of Kenya as an Advocate.

She is the head of the firm's real estate practice, which is widely recognized as a market leader by international ranking agencies Chambers Global and Legal 500. Her work includes property acquisition, disposal, and development, property law, property finance, loan securities, and private client work. In addition to her professional accomplishments, Rachel is a director of the Art of Music Foundation, the Muthaiga Country Club, the Kenton College Trust, and a trustee of The Njenga Karume Trust.

She is a highly accomplished professional who has made significant contributions to the real estate industry. She is also a dedicated philanthropist who is involved in a number of charitable organisations.