According to McKinsey's Women in the Workplace 2020 study, women make up 48% of entry-level employees, but only 38% of managers, 34% of senior managers or directors, 29% of VPs, 23% of SVPs, and just 22% of C-suite executives. We kick off with our top 15 list of African women in the Corporate world. These women have torn down gender bias in the workplace by taking up SHE-EO (CEO), founders, head officers, and managerial seats in some of the continent's leading companies.
This period will present new opportunities and challenges that will require teams to be highly innovative and work under minimal supervision.
In 2009, Kelebi was instrumental in founding Lancet Kenya, an off-shoot of its South African parent company. It operated under Pathologist Lancet Kenya (PLK) and Lancet Services Company (LSC), of which Kelebi reportedly owns 7.67 per cent and 10 per cent respectively.
Gwendolyn Ansah Smith was appointed on 17th February as Managing Director, Africa reporting to Zainab Kufaishi, Head of Middle East and Africa. In this new role, Gwen will explore and lead efforts to develop, execute and manage Invesco’s Africa business. Invesco’s ambition is to participate in Africa’s dynamic and impressive growth story, deliver market leading investment capabilities, and play a role in the development of its capital markets.
Wairegi spent 40 years at Britam, most of them at the helm.
The Coca-Cola Africa Operating Unit has appointed Debra Mallowah as the new Vice President for the East and Central Africa Franchise, effective 15th February, 2021. In her new role, which will be based in Nairobi, Ms Mallowah will oversee the development and implementation of business strategies across the East and Central Africa Franchise that covers 16 markets.
The triumph of the little guy in the face of globalization and an opportunity for would-be entrepreneurs to tap into their hometown markets and then scale. Growing and nurturing local businesses is critical for the health and development of a nation. With a conducive working environment that allows local companies to scale, glocalization should be a priority to our country.
Allianz Africa has made leadership changes at its newly acquired entities in Kenya and Senegal. In Kenya, Allianz has fired top Jubilee Insurance (now Allianz General Insurance) managers and replaced them with its own appointees. Among the biggest causalities in the Kenyan operation is Catherine Igathe, the current CEO of Jubilee Allianz General Insurance Limited Kenya, who will leaving the company in mid-July “to pursue other opportunities”.
Now is a good time to review employee skill sets. Do we have the right people with the right skills in the right place? What new skills have 2020 experiences suggested we might need? Should we aspire to the moment when all teams and departments once again co-locate in our business premises. Or will some functions – technical, analytical, logistics, accounting, for example – be better continued remotely?