Name Position

Richard Alden

CEO

Wilfred Waithaka

CTO

Wambui Maina

General Counsel

Hermenegildo Simon

Chief Finance Officer

John Ngoru

Chief HR Officer

Francisco Palasi

Corporate Development Director

Rakesh Kukreja

MD Wananchi Business Services (WBS)

Jane Kebenei

Head of Customer Experience

Eric Casse

Head of Zuku Satellite TV

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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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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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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Jane Kebenei

Head of Customer Experience

Jane joined Wananchi Group in the capacity of Head of Customer Experience in November 2014. She has a wealth of pan Africa experience in customer service operations and contact centre start-ups.

Jane holds an MBA (Strategic Management) from Moi University, B.Ed degree from Kenyatta University and Certificate in Business Management from University of Witwatersrand, SA.

She has over 15 years in management positions, having worked for yuMobile, Airtel and Air France in different capacities.

Jane started the Customer Service Department in yuMobile in 2008 and led the team to achieve industry recognition for service excellence. She played key roles in the launch and change management in Airtel Kenya and its Africa operations, through its previous brands KenCell, Celtel and Zain.

She is a Kenyan Citizen.

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Eric Casse

Head of Zuku Satellite TV

Eric Casse was appointed as the Managing Director of the DTH business in the Wananchi Group, on 01 February 2015.

Prior to joining the Wananchi Group, Eric was the Chief Operating Officer for Azam Media Limited from July 2013 and was based in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, where he was responsible for setting up the operations and getting the company commercially ready for launch by 01 December 2013 in Tanzania, Uganda and Kenya.

In his previous experience in the DTH Pay TV industry, Eric spent 2 years as a Business Development Manager for Gateway TV [GTV] and appointed and worked with strategic business partners in various countries in Africa, most notably Zambia, Mozambique, Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire, Senegal, Togo, Benin and Guinea Conakry.

Prior to GTV, he spent 18 years with MultiChoice [DStv] in various executive positions and was based in various countries throughout his career, namely, South Africa, Kenya, Tanzania, Ghana, Nigeria and the DRC.

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