Cooperative Bank Kenya list of top Managers and their career profiles(2023/2024)


Here is a list of Cooperative Bank top managers in Kenya 2023/2024:

Dr. Gideon Muriuki, CBS, MBS

Group Managing Director & CEO

Appointed Managing Director in 2001 and has presided over the Bank’s turnaround from a massive loss position of KShs. 2.3 billion in the year 2000, to a profit before tax of KShs. 22.6 Billion In 2021.

Dr Gideon Muriuki joined the Bank in 1996 as a Senior Corporate Manager then became Director, Corporate and Institutional Banking in 1999 before his appointment as Managing Director in 2001 with a clear mandate to return the Bank into profitable trading. Holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics, is a Fellow of the Kenya Institute of Bankers and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Business Management in 2011.

He has over 33 years’ experience in banking and finance and he was voted CEO of the year Africa 2014 by the International Banker. Former Chairman, Governing Council of the Africa International University and former Chairman, African Rural and Agricultural Credit Association(AFRACA).

He was decorated in 2005 with the award of Order of the Grand Warrior (OGW), in 2011, award of the Moran of the Order of the Burning Spear (MBS), in 2017 with Chief of the Order of the Burning Spear first-class (CBS) in recognition of his successful turnaround of the Bank and exemplary service to the nation.

He is a recipient of a decoration of Chevalier de L’ordre National du Burkina Faso by the President of Burkina Faso in recognition of his outstanding contribution to development of rural finance in Africa, 2016 Lion of Judah Award by Evangelical Alliance of Kenya and Mtumishi Bora Grand Award – 2016 by the Kenya Christian Professionals Forum for his great servant leadership as a committed Christian leader in the market place. In 2018, he was awarded Best Banking CEO Kenya by International Finance.

Awarded Banking CEO of The Year by EMEA Finance – African Banking Awards, 2021. Awarded a 2nd honorary doctorate from the Cooperative University of Kenya to recognize his contributions to banking and the co-operative sector.

Samuel Birech

Director Human Resource & Administration

He joined the bank in 2002. He is a career banker with over 25 years of experience in local and international banks. He has previously held various senior positions including Chief Operating Officer and Director, Retail Banking for 8 years where he presided over the transformation of the Retail and SME business at the Bank.

He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Nairobi and has attended various local and international courses. He is a Board Member at Pan Africa Christian University.

Caroline Karimi

Director Finance and Strategy

She joined the bank in 2012 and has overall group responsibility of Finance and strategy. Previously she oversaw financial reporting and information management of the business. She has a career spanning 20 years as Finance professional and has worked in key corporates including Unilever, Safaricom, and Toyota East Africa. She holds an MBA in strategic management, a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Nairobi, Certified Public Accountant and certified public secretary. She is also a Certified productivity coach CEPC (ICF) and is graduate of Harvard Kennedy School leadership program. She is a member of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya (ICPAK).

Charles Washika

Director ICT and Innovations Division

He joined the bank in 2015 and brings extensive experience in providing leadership in ICT, Innovation, Project Management and Change management of mission critical Financial Systems. He is responsible for Cooperative Bank’s Strategic technological direction, championing the use of Information and communication Technology to meet the Bank’s Strategic objectives and providing strategic leadership to align investments in ICT with the Bank’s strategy. He has managed the Implementation of Core Banking systems around Africa and Asia including Uganda, South Africa, Cote d’Ivoire, Senegal, Zambia, Tanzania, Kenya, India and Sri Lanka. He Holds a Bachelor of Education Degree, is a member of the Project Management Institute and has attained various Technology Certifications.

Lydia Rono

Director Operations Division

She has held many senior positions in the Bank and has over 33 years banking experience. She has played a critical role in driving business growth in the Corporate and Institutional Banking Division over the years and is currently responsible for driving key operations and efficiency functions of the Group. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce and an MBA from University of Nairobi and has attended various courses.

William Ndumia

Director Retail and Business Banking

He joined the bank in 2006. He is responsible for the Retail and Business Banking Division, focusing specifically on growing consumer banking, MSME business as well as optimal delivery of the expansive branch network and other bank channels. He has been in the bank for over 15 years previously as Director Transformation, Director IT & Innovation, Director Operations and Head Business Change management. He is an experienced banking operations expert having previously worked for international banks in various technical, controls and compliance roles. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering and has attended various courses on project management and risk management both locally and internationally. He has overseen execution of the growth and efficiency transformation project, various technical projects including the implementation of the core banking system, card management system and a global review of all bank processes among others.

Jacquelyne Waithaka

Director Corporate & Institutional Banking Division

A career Corporate Banker with over 18 years experience having worked with various commercial Banks. She joined the Bank in 2005 and was appointed Head Corporate Banking in 2015 to oversee the growth of the Bank’s Corporate portfolio. She was appointed Director, Corporate & Institutional Banking Division in Feb 2020 to drive business growth in this key segment of the Group. She holds a Bachelor of Laws degree and a Bachelor of Business Administration degree. She also holds a diploma in Banking; advanced diploma Credit Management by Omega of UK and Culhane of South Africa. She is a Certified Engagement and Productivity Coach CEPC (ICF) and has attended various courses including executive leadership at Strathmore Business School and Harvard Kennedy School Executive Education on adaptive leadership for Africa.

Vincent Marangu

Director Co-operatives Banking Division

He joined the bank in 2003 and has wide experience in business and financial advisory working with cooperatives and rural finance sectors as Head of Co-op Consultancy and Insurance Agency Ltd. Vincent has key competencies in corporate finance, strategic planning, business planning, organizational development and business operations review. He has consulted for co-operatives in Kenya and East Africa region and implemented many donor projects with international agencies. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and Business Studies and is a graduate of the School of African Microfinance. He is a member of the Association of Professional Co-operators (APC), Kenya.

Samuel M. Kibugi

Company Secretary

He has over 18 years of experience as a lawyer and prior to joining Co-op Bank in 2008, worked for a leading bank as a Legal Counsel. He is an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya, a member of the Institute of Certified Public Secretaries ICPS (K) and an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. As the Company Secretary of the Co-op Bank Group, he has responsibility for the overall provision of legal counsel and company secretarial services, fraud prevention and investigations. He is also the Trust Secretary for the Co-operative Bank Foundation, a corporate social responsibility vehicle of the Bank.

Arthur Muchangi

Director Credit Management Division

He joined the Bank in 2003. He is in charge of Credit Management driving proactive Credit Management including supporting asset book growth, proactive NPL management and implementation of enhanced credit management frameworks under the Covid-19 Pandemic crisis. He has previously held the role of Director Retail & Business Banking, Director Compliance and Chief Risk Officer whereby he was in charge of Retail & Business Banking growth and supporting the Group’s Compliance and Risk functions. He has over 25 years banking experience, spanning extensively across corporate, retail banking, Risk and Compliance.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics and has attended a number of courses both locally
and internationally. He is also a director of Kingdom Securities Ltd.

Andrew Wanjau

Head Transformation

He Joined the bank in 2011. He has extensive experience in Change Management, Business Analysis, Project Management and Enterprise-wide Transformation programs management. He is responsible for the Co-operative Bank’s “Soaring Eagle” transformation in the Transformation Office, which provides leadership in delivery of the Bank’s Transformation initiatives.

He has extensive experience in Organizational change having worked with Big 4 Consultancy firms to deliver ICT Projects and Process reengineering. He holds a B.Sc. in Computer Science andEngineering, Project Management and Business Analysis Certifications among them CISA, ITIL, CBAP and Prince2. He is also a graduate of Harvard Kennedy School Leadership programme, The Aga Khan University and is a Certified Engagement and Productivity Coach.

Mutahe Karuoro


Joined the bank in 2010 and has over 15 years of experience in Treasury management. She is responsible for the banks’ Treasury management and growth objectives. Prior to her appointment, she was the Head of Trading for the bank. She previously worked for Stanbic Bank for five years. She has held various leadership positions in the industry during her career, including President of ACI Financial markets Association of Kenya for 5 years. She holds an MBA from Strathmore Business School and a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Moi University. She is a certified dealer and a member of the financial markets Association of Kenya (ACI Kenya).

James Kaburu

Chief Risk Officer

He holds a Master’s in Business Administration, Strategic Management and a Bachelor’s degree in Science (Accounting), both from the United States International University (USIU). He also holds a Global Diploma in Engagement and Productivity Coaching from CDI-Africa Coaching Group Limited. Has a wealth of experience spanning over 20 years in Financial Management and Strategy in the Financial Services sector. In addition, he is a full member of Good Standing of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya.

Joseph Gatuni

Chief Internal Auditor

He is responsible for the Internal Audit function that evaluates the effectiveness of risk management, control and governance processes of the bank, its subsidiaries and related companies. He is an experienced professional in internal/external audits, consultancy and risk management. He holds a bachelor of Commerce Degree, Certified Public Secretaries CPS (K),Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) and Certified public accountants CPA (K). He has also attended various audit and Risk management training both locally and internationally. He is member of the Institute of Public Accountants of Kenya (ICPAK) and the Institute of Internal Auditors.

Henry Karanja

Head Compliance Department

He is responsible for the AML/CFT compliance function for the bank, its subsidiaries and related companies. He is an experienced professional in Risk, compliance and Anti-money Laundering. He holds a bachelor degree in Business Management, Certified Public Accountants of Kenya CPA (K), Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), and Certified Public Secretary (CPS). He has attended various AML/CFT training both Locally and internationally. He is a member of the Institute of Public Accountants of Kenya (ICPAK).

Anthony Mburu

Managing Director and CEO Kingdom Bank Limited

He is a leading credit specialist in the banking industry with over 27 years of banking experience both in
Kenya and the region. Most of these years were spent in the line of Credit and Risk Management as the Director of Credit Management division of Co-operative Bank of Kenya and previously with Standard Chartered Bank. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce and has attended various professional and international Credit courses. Appointed Managing Director and CEO of Kingdom Bank in August 2020.

Nicholas Ithondeka

Managing Director Co-op Trust Investments Services Ltd

He joined Co-op Trust Investments Ltd (CISL) as the Managing Director & CEO in April 2016. Prior to joining CISL he served as Vice President, Pinebridge Investments (EA) Ltd and before that as a Portfolio Manager at Old Mutual Asset Managers (OMAM). He has over 14 years experience in Investment advisory and Fund Management Services. Nicholas holds a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Actuarial Science from the University of Nairobi. He is a member of the Institute & Faculty of Actuaries (UK), ICIFA (Kenya) and is also a Certified Public Accountant of Kenya (CPA (K). He serves as the Chairman of the Alternative Investments Comm. in Fund Managers Association (FMA) and also a Board Member. He is a board member of Bond Markets Association (BMA) of Kenya. Nicholas has attended a number of courses in Investments and Strategy as well as received several awards both locally and internationally within investments banking industry.

Nicholas Kamonye

Head Co-op Consultancy and Insurance Agency

He joined the Bank in 2005. At Co-op Consultancy and Insurance Agency he gives leadership to the various capacity building initiatives targeting cooperative societies across the country. He has consulted for cooperatives on microfinance, financial modelling, strategic and business planning, business process improvements and human resource development. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree in Finance, Diploma in Project Management, is a Certified Public Accountant (K) and a member of ICPAK.

Lydia Muchiri

Managing Director and CEO of Kingdom Securities Ltd

Mrs. Lydia Muchiri is the Managing Director and CEO of Kingdom Securities Ltd, a subsidiary of The Co-operative Bank of Kenya Limited, responsible for providing stock brokerage services. Lydia joined Kingdom Securities Ltd in 2022 with over 15-year experience in pensions and capital markets. Prior to her appointment, she was the Head of Custodial and Investor Services at Co-operative Bank of Kenya for 9 years, responsible for growing the custody asset book, introducing innovative products such as REIT Trusteeship and managing shareholder registers.

She also previously worked at Co-optrust Investment Services Ltd as a portfolio manager for five years. Lydia began her investment career as a relationship officer managing financial affairs of high-net-worth individuals through unit trusts at Commercial Bank of Africa in 2006. She holds a Bachelor of Science (Actuarial) degree from the University of Nairobi and a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) from Strathmore Business School. She is also a Certified Engagement and Productivity Coach CEPC (ICF) and has completed various local and international trainings.


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