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HF Group appoints Olive Mugenda as board chair

Posted By : Justice Bimpeh

HF Group Plc has appointed Olive Mugenda as an independent non - executive director and chairperson of the board with effect from October 21, 2021.

Mugenda is a seasoned leader, academic researcher and administrator with specialisation in women/girl’s education, research methods and statistics, leadership and governance.

She is also an accomplished author.

Speaking on the appointment, HF Group CEO Robert Kibaara said: “The board is delighted to confirm Professor Mugenda’s appointment as board chair of HF Group. Her wealth of expertise and outstanding transformational leadership track record will be a valuable addition for the Group at a time when we are on a transformation journey.”

Mugenda is an accomplished business leader responsible for the expansion and transformation of Kenyatta University which saw the institution grow in both stature and financial strength.

She is also credited with the establishment and operationalisation of Kenyatta University Referral Hospital, a 500-bed referral facility.

She holds a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Iowa State University, USA, Masters of Business Administration from the Eastern and Southern Africa Management Institute, (ESAMI), Arusha, Tanzania, Master of Science (M.Sc.), Iowa State University, USA and Bachelor of Education (First Class Honours), University of Nairobi.

Currently, she is the Chairperson of Kenyatta University Teaching, Referral and Research Hospital and a Commissioner at the Judicial Service Commission (JSC).

She also serves as a non-executive director at UBA Kenya Bank Ltd. She was the Vice-Chancellor of Kenyatta University for 10 years – between March 20, 2006 to March 20, 2016.

"Professor Mugenda’s mandate will be to oversee the Group’s growth and transformation agenda, specifically our diversification to a full-service bank," Kibaara added.