Uchumi Supermarkets Chairperson quits Eveready Board

The University don steps down after over six years on the Eveready Board

Uchumi Supermarkets Chairperson Dr. Catherine Ngahu resigned from the Board of Directors of Eveready East Africa Plc citing inability to perform her role due to her other responsibilities.

A letter from Eveready Managing Director Jackson Mutua to the Capital Markets Authority (CMA) on September 13 confirmed the end of Dr. Ngahu’s tenure on the Board of the battery manufacturer.

“We wish to advise you that Ms. Catherine Ngahu has resigned as an Independent Non-Executive Director of Everady East Africa PLC effective from 13 September 2018 after over six (6) years of dedicated service to the Company,” said Mr. Mutua.

The company’s MD went on to say Dr. Ngahu had informed the Board her decision to resign was due to her current responsibilities which have made it increasingly difficult for her to find time to attend to the Board.

Dr. Ngahu’s resignation cuts the six person Board of Eveready to five, according to a Directors page on the company’s website.

Her departure now leaves Chairperson Lucy Waithaka and MD Mutua, along with Ms. Mbatha Mbithi, Ms. Fauzia Shah and Mr. Akif Butt as the remaining Directors.

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A senior lecturer at University of Nairobi holding a PhD in Business Administration, Dr. Ngahu also serves as the Chairperson of Uchumi.

Her profile page on the Uchumi website reads, “Dr Catherine Ngahu is a consultant, educator, researcher and entrepreneur with wide experience in corporate governance under diverse regulatory regimes. She has many years of practicing and consulting experience in business strategy, marketing, consumer behavior, HR, ICT policy and leadership.”

She is also the founder and Executive Chairperson of consultancy firm SBO Research. The company was ranked 8th in the Top100 Midsize Companies in Kenya in 2011. In the same year, Dr. Ngahu received the state commendation Elder of the Order of the Burning Spear (EBS) from then Kenya President Mwai Kibaki.

Dr. Ngahu sits on the Boards of AAR Insurance Kenya Limited and Moran Publishing and has previously served as Chairperson of Kenya ICT Board from 2007 to 2013 as well as heading the World Bank funded Kenya Transparency and Communications Infrastructure Project (KTCIP).

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