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Equity Group confirms former Nairobi Deputy Governor Polycarp Igathe as its Group Chief Commercial Officer

Equity Group Holdings has confirmed  former Nairobi Deputy Governor, Mr. Polycarp Igathe as its its new Group Chief Commercial Officer.

Mr.Igathe has previously served as CEO of leading blue chip corporate entities in Kenya and Eastern Africa, namely Coca-Cola SABCO, Africa Online, EABL, Haco Industries, Wines of the World, Tiger Brands International and Vivo Energy.  He was the second Deputy Governor of Nairobi County, under the devolved government before his resignation from the post in January 2018.

Commenting on his appointment, Mr. Igathe said  “Am lucky and thrilled to join an outstanding and exceptional team of professionals at the iconic Equity Group Holdings Plc. renowned for delivery of socio-economic prosperity in Africa. The group is powered by a peerless economic engine, fueled by financial technology, social impact investment & inclusive, customer-focused financial services,”

Mr. Igathe is a graduate of the Strathmore University’s Advanced Management Program (AMP) with IESE Business School in Spain. At the University of Nairobi, he was the national Chairman of AIESEC in Kenya, the International Association of university students interested in Economics and Business Management.

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Equity Group also announced that it has confirmed the appointment of the immediate former Marketing Director of Heineken in Rwanda since 2001, Julius Kayoboke as the Group Director in charge of Customer Experience and Product Management.

Mr. Kayoboke holds an MBA from the University of Birmingham UK. He has been working with Heineken since 2001 in several European and African countries and most recently was the Marketing Director in Rwanda. In 2008, whilst based in Amsterdam, he was responsible for eight markets in the middle and Southern Africa including Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, South Sudan, and DRC Congo.

Polycarp Igathe and Julius Kayoboke take up their new role at Equity Group, following approval of fit and proper by the Central Bank of Kenya.

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