KCB Eyes Diaspora for Chief Technology Post

KCB Group has widened its search for head of IT to include expatriates and Kenyans in the diaspora as the bank races to fill the lone vacancy on its executive suite.

Customers at a KCB banking hall in Nairobi. FILE

Customers at a KCB banking hall in Nairobi. FILE Nation Media Group

The bank has placed an advertisement in the latest edition of The Economist magazine for the post of chief information officer, a pointer that it has widened the search beyond Kenya’s borders.

The IT post was briefly occupied by George Makiya who was hired by the bank in February and replaced in June for undisclosed reasons after becoming the first executive to be recruited by Joshua Oigara who became KCB’s head in January.

Mr Oigara is steering the bank with a new team following the appointment of four top directors from July including Samuel Makome (managing director of Kenya unit), Collins Otiwu (CFO), John Kania (company secretary) and Charles Langat (audit director).

If KCB taps an expatriate, it will follow a path it took in 2001 when it hired Briton Gareth George from Barclays Bank to engineer its turnaround.

Analysts, however, reckon that the bank may be eying the growing list of Kenyans in the diaspora who are looking for opportunities back home.

Its rival Barclays Bank of Kenya tapped former Standard Chartered (Tanzania) CEO, Jeremy Awori as managing director of the Kenyan unit in February in a position that was held by Adan Mohamed, now Cabinet secretary.

National Bank hired Munir Ahmed as CEO from Standard Chartered Bank in South Africa while NIC tapped Johannesburg-based Barclays executive John Gachora.

So far, KCB has preferred to raid local rivals like Equity Bank and Housing Finance for top talent.

– Business Daily