Name Position

Richard Alden

CEO

Paul Healy

CMO

Wilfred Waithaka

CTO

Wambui Maina

General Counsel

Hermenegildo Simon

Chief Finance Officer

John Ngoru

Chief HR Officer

Francisco Palasi

Corporate Development Director

Pedro Montalban

Director of Operations

Rakesh Kukreja

MD Wananchi Business Services (WBS)

Mohamed Jeneby

Chief Commercial Officer

Richard Alden

CEO

Richard Alden became CEO of Wananchi Group in October 2013. He was formerly the Group’s Chief Operating Officer.

Prior to joining Wananchi, Richard had extensive international experience in developing and financing fast growing telecommunication companies in Europe and the Americas.  From 1998 to 2009 he was the Chief Executive Officer and a founding director of ONO, the largest cable television and telecommunications operator in Spain.He has worked in the telecommunications, cable and media industry for over 19 years, previously as Chief Financial Officer of subsidiaries of the Videotron Group in the United States and the United Kingdom.  Today Richard is also non-executive Chairman of Blue Interactive, a cable television and broadband operator in Brazil and non-executive Vice Chairman of Euskaltel SA, a quad play communications operator in the North of Spain.Richard is a British Citizen.

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Paul Healy

CMO

Paul Healy became Chief Marketing Officer of Wananchi Group in August 2013. Prior to this, Paul worked for five years as TV Director at Ono, the largest cable television and telecommunications operator in Spain. Prior to ONO, Paul worked in the UK cable / Pay TV sector in a variety of roles including Product Development, Content Acquisition and Management and Business Development for each of Cable London, Homechoice, Telewest Broadband and Virgin Media. Paul has worked in the cable sector for over 20 years and is an Irish citizen.

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Wilfred Waithaka

CTO

Wilfred Waithaka became Group Chief Technical Officer of Wananchi Group in June 2013. Before that, he was Deputy Chief Technical Officer of Wananchi Group since November 2011. Prior to joining Wananchi, Wilfred was General Manager at Intersat Africa Limited, a leading VSAT service provider in Africa for four years. From 2001 to 2007 he worked with UUNET Kenya (now MTN Business) in various Technical Operations, Management and Service Delivery roles. From 1999 to 2001, Wilfred worked with Africa Online (now iWayAfrica).  Wilfred has worked in the ICT industry in Kenya for over 15 years and is a Kenyan citizen.

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Wambui Maina

General Counsel

Wambui Maina joined Wananchi Group in May 2011 and is the Group Legal and Corporate Affairs Manager. She has 12 years of valuable experience in Legal, corporate governance, Mergers & Acquisitions and financing/funding transactions in various sectors including banking, insurance, retail and TMT in the East African Region. Wambui holds a degree in Law (LLB) and a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) in Strategic Management. She is an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya, a Certified Public Secretary and a member of the Law Society of Kenya (LSK) and the Institute of the Certified Public Secretaries of Kenya (ICPSK).  Wambui is a Kenyan citizen.

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Hermenegildo Simon

Chief Finance Officer

Hermenegildo Simon became CFO of Wananchi Group in August 2013.   He has extensive experience in the telecommunications and cable industries and held several senior financial and operational positions at ONO, the largest cable television and telecommunications operator in Spain between 1998 and 2008.  Prior to that he was a Controller at Telefonica in Spain.  Hermenegildo is a Spanish citizen.

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John Ngoru

Chief HR Officer

John Ngoru joined Wananchi Group as Group Chief Human Resources Officer in 2014. He is a practicing Strategic Human Resources management and development business partner.  Prior to joining Wananchi Group, he was the Group Head of Human Resources at ABC Group and a member of the Bank’s Execo team. He was instrumental in providing HR leadership that transformed ABC Bank Group from a bottom 3rd Tier Banking institution to a respected Group of companies offering a one stop financial solution and insurance services in the region. Before joining the Bank, John was retained by the SAFAL Group as HR Head for their Steel business. He also previously worked with Del Monte Kenya Ltd from 1998 to 2002 after which he proceeded to the United States of America and joined Johnny’s Grandson as Human Resources and Administration Director based in Atlanta, Georgia.  John is a Kenyan Citizen.

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Francisco Palasi

Corporate Development Director

Francisco Palasi joined Wananchi in January 2014 as Corporate Development Director. He has extensive experience in Financial Planning, Commercial & Corporate Development. Francisco has worked in the telecommunications, cable and media industry for over 10 years, previously as Director Financial & Commercial Planning at ONO in Spain. Prior to that, he held various Corporate Development roles in Liberty Global in the United Kingdom and The Netherlands.  Francisco is a Spanish Citizen.

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Pedro Montalban

Director of Operations

Pedro Montalban joined Wananchi Group as Customer Operations Director in May 2013, He is now Director of Operations.  He has worked for over 25 years in the IT and Telecommunications industry in IBM and ONO and in the Consultancy industry in Nexus Management 21. His scope of functional responsibilities includes management positions in Customer Experience & Satisfaction, Operations and Sales.  Pedro is a Spanish citizen.

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Rakesh Kukreja

MD Wananchi Business Services (WBS)

Rakesh Kukreja is the Managing Director for Wananchi Business Services (WBS), responsible for enterprise services under the SimbaNET Brand, carrier services under the brand Wananchi Telecom and satellite services under iSAT Africa Brand.

Rakesh is a communication engineer by qualification with 21 years of experience in the ICT industry in East Africa and has led many organisations including new startups.  Rakesh was the original founder of SimbaNET and iSAT Africa and became Managing Director of WBS in 2011. Over the last four years WBS has grown more than 300% and, under Rakesh´s leadership, has expanded its geographical footprints to Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Malawi and UAE.

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Mohamed Jeneby

Chief Commercial Officer

Mr.Mohammed Jeneby who is the Chief Commercial Officer has over 19 years practical, broad-based management and leadership experience with a realistic understanding of opportunities and market constraints. Mohammed has been very instrumental in the growth of the Wananchi Group. Prior to joining Wananchi Group he was the General Manager of the AFSAT and Managing Director of Swift Global.
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Mohammed is an Electronic Engineer by profession. He has attended many Management and Leadership trainings both locally and internationally. He is a member of Oxford Business Alumni, University of Oxford.

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