Equity Group Holdings has appointed its long-serving Group Director of Strategy, Legal Services and Company Secretary Mrs. Mary Wangari Wamae as Group Executive Director overseeing the Group’s subsidiaries.
Mrs. Mary Wangari Wamae’s new role will include overseeing the management of the Group’s banking subsidiaries in DRC Congo, Rwanda, Uganda, Tanzania and South Sudan.
Mrs. Mary Wangari Wamae holds a master’s degree in Leading Innovation and Change from York St. John University, UK, and a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Nairobi. She is also a graduate of the Advanced Management Programme (Strathmore – IESE Business School, Barcelona Spain). She is also an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya with 14 years private legal practice experience. Her previous position has been split into two roles: Group Director of Legal Services & Company Secretary, which has been taken up by Mrs. Christine Akinyi Browne and Group Director of Strategy, Strategic Partnerships & Investor Relations, taken up by Mr. Brent Malahay.
Prior to her promotion, Mrs. Christine Akinyi Browne worked as the General Manager for Legal, Corporate Banking at Equity Bank. She is a Chevening Alumna who holds a Master of Laws from UCL – University of London. She joined the bank in 2014 after a six year stint as principal counsel at East African Development Bank. She is an accomplished legal practitioner and has previously worked at The World Bank and the Industrial Promotion Services (K) Limited (IPS).
Mr. Brent Malahay has worked at the Group since 2016. He holds a Master’s degree in Economics and a Bachelor of Business Finance from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Mr. Malahay has over 14 years’ experience in financial services with competencies ranging from commercial banking to credit ratings, investment banking and fund management. He has previously held several high-level positions at global financial institutions, notably Standard Bank, Fitch Ratings, J.P. Morgan and Investec Asset Management.
These appointments come hot on the heels of the appointments of Polycarp Igathe as the Group Chief Commercial Officer and Julius Kayoboke as the Group Director in charge of Customer Experience and Product Management.