Chairman - Independent Non-Executive Director
Dr. James McFie
Dr. McFie is the Chairman of the Board of Directors. He holds a PhD in Accounting from the University of Strathclyde and a BA and MA in Mathematics from Oxford University. He is a Fellow of both the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya (ICPAK). Dr. McFie is a lecturer in Financial Reporting, Auditing and Cybercrime at Strathmore University. He is also a director of The Standard Group Limited and the Chairman of the Registration and Quality Assurance Committee of ICPAK. Between 1993 and 2002 he was a Director of the Kenya Capital Markets Authority, a member of the Kenya Value Added Tax Tribunal and a Trustee of the Kenya Corporate Governance Trust and of Jitegemee Trust. Prior to his lecturing at Strathmore University, he was the Training Manager in Ernst and Young, after qualifying as an accountant in the firm. Dr. McFie joined the Board on 30 August 2007.
Mr. Sameer Merali
Mr. S. N. Merali holds a Master of Science degree in Banking and International Finance from City University Business School, London and Bachelor of Science in Management Sciences from Kings College, London. Mr. Merali initially worked with Merrill Lynch International Bank Limited in the United Kingdom as an Investment Analyst between October 2000 and February 2003. He joined Sameer Investments Limited in March 2003 and now serves as the Chief Executive Officer of that company. He is the Chairman of Ryce East Africa Limited, Nandi Tea Estates Ltd and Warren Enterprises Ltd. He is a Director of Sameer Africa PLC, a company listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange Ltd. He is also a Director of Sameer ICT Ltd, Sameer Telkom Ltd, Fidelity Shield Insurance Company Ltd and Frontier Optical Networks Ltd among others. Mr. Merali has extensive experience in strategic leadership, business initiation and development, corporate management, audit and risk management as well as prudent financial management and planning. He joined the Board of Sasini PLC on 26 May 2006.
Independent Non-Executive Director
Mrs Betty Koech
Mrs. Betty Koech holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from Moi University, a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Nairobi and a Postgraduate Diploma in Marketing from the Chartered Institute of Marketing (UK). She is a certified Leadership Consultant, Trainer and Coach with the John Maxwell Team (USA).
Mrs Koech worked at G4S Kenya as the Sales and Marketing Director and previously held the post of Marketing Manager at Unilever Kenya. She is a Member of the Board of Directors of Sunshine Secondary Education Limited where she serves in the Finance & Procurement Committee and the Human Resource Board Committee in the same Institution. She has extensive experience in Leadership, Marketing, Strategic Management, Sales and Coaching. She is a Director and Associate of the Lead Catalyst Group Limited. She is also a Lead Consultant with Silicon Consulting Group Limited.
Independent Non-Executive Director
Mrs. Rosemary Munyiri
Mrs. Rosemary Munyiri holds a Master of Accountancy degree from Bowling Green State University- Ohio, United States of America, and a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) degree from the University of Nairobi. She is a Certified Public Accountant of Kenya and a member of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya (ICPAK). She is also a Certified Information Systems Auditor and a Member of the Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA).
Mrs. Munyiri has previously worked for East African Breweries Limited in various capacities which include: The Group Financial Planning and Reporting Manager, the Group Controls Compliance and Ethics Manager, the Manager – Group Audit and Risk and as a Consultant – Group Audit and Risk. She has also worked as a Global Audit and Risk Manager at Diageo PLC, the Head of Internal Audit at Farmers’ Choice Limited, a Staff Accountant at Plante & Moran PLLC, USA, and an Audit Manager at Wanyeki & Co. Associates, CPA – Nairobi. She is a Financial Planning and Reporting Manager with Consol Glass Kenya Ltd.
She has a wealth of experience in Audit and Risk Management as well as in Financial Planning and Analysis.
Independent Non-Executive Director
Dr. Steve Mainda
Dr. Steve O. Mainda, holds a Doctorate (Honoris Causa) from the University of Eastern Africa. He also holds a Master’s Degree from Princeton University and a Diploma in Management from Cambridge University as well as a Diploma in Education from University of East Africa- Makerere College.
He is an Associate of the Chartered Insurance Institute, London and a Fellow of the Institute of Directors of London.
Dr. Mainda has a wealth of experience in Finance, Insurance, Strategic Management and Education. He is currently the Group Chairman of Housing Finance Group of Companies as well as Chairman of Continental Reinsurance Company. He sits on the Board of several companies in Eastern Africa e.g. Shelter Afrique, Sasini Plc, Ryce East Africa, Tausi Assurance Company Limited, Dubai Islamic Bank Kenya and Mahathi Infrastructure Uganda Limited, e.t.c
As a Chairman and Director of various companies, he brings to the board, international business experience, management and executive leadership experience in operation, talent management and governance.
Dr. Mainda served for many years as Chairman of Insurance Regulatory Authority of Kenya (IRA), as well as Insurance Advisory Board of Kenya.
In recognition of his distinguished service to Kenya and East Africa, he was awarded Elder of the Order of the Burning Spear (EBS) by President H.E. Mwai Kibaki.
Mr. Akif Butt
Mr. A. H. Butt is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and a Certified Public Accountant of Kenya (CPA) and has a wealth of experience, acquired over time, in financial management, corporate planning and strategic management. He previously worked with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC) in Kenya and the East Africa Region, Liberia and England. He joined the Sameer Group in 1989 and is currently the Group’s Finance Director. He represents the interest of the Sameer Group on the boards of various companies. Mr. Butt is also a Director of Sameer Africa PLC and Eveready East Africa PLC, which are quoted on the Nairobi Securities Exchange. He was appointed to the Board of Sasini PLC on 1 May 1990
Group Managing Director
Mr. Martin Ochien’g
Mr. Ochien’g is a holder of a Master of Business Administration degree in Strategic Marketing and Management from Oxford Brookes University, England, and a First Class Honours Bachelor of Science degree from Moi University. His career spans over 25 years of experience in international trade, business management and leadership in industry leading global organisations. He started work for 3M HealthCare as a Medical Representative in charge of Western Kenya region before joining Warner Lambert/Pfizer Inc. in 1997 as a Territory Manager covering Western Kenya, Eastern Uganda and North Western Tanzania regions. In 2003 he moved with Pfizer to South Africa as Head of Marketing for Sub Saharan Africa markets. He has held several leadership roles in various organisations including at KWV International as Head of Global Marketing, at Tyco International as Marketing and Strategy Director for Africa and Middle East region and later as Managing Director for Tyco Commercial Services for the region, as CEO at GHM South Africa and as MD for SGA Kenya.
Mr. Ochien’g was appointed as the Group Managing Director effective 1st March 2019.
Ms. Victoria Cherotich
Ms. Victoria Cherotich is a graduate of the University of Nairobi, Bachelor of Arts – Economics (BA, Economics and Sociology) and is currently pursuing an MBA at the same Institution. She is a member of the Institute of Certified Secretaries (ICS) and the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya (ICPAK). She is also a member of the Women on Boards Network.
Ms. Cherotich has over ten years’ experience in Company Secretarial Services, Securities Registration and Governance Advisory Services. She is a GRI Certified Sustainability Professional as well as a Certified Secretary, a Certified Governance Auditor and Certified Public Accountant with experience in Financial Audits. She also serves as the Company Secretary on various other boards of companies in diverse sectors.
Ms. Cherotich is the Chief Executive Officer at Image Registrars Limited and has been instrumental in the management of Image Registrars operations and a key contributor to the growth of the organization especially in the firm’s expansion to neighboring EAC countries.
She was joined the board of Sasini PLC on 1 st April 2023.