British American Tobacco has appointed Rita Kavashe as the board chair effective immediately.
Kavashe replaces George Maina who was at the helm of the board as non-executive director too for a period of nine years. On a statement addressed on Tuesday it described Maina as a leader who’s impact leaves behind a much stronger and more sustainable organization.BAT
“George has contributed immensely to the growth of BAT Kenya, he has the company through a long period of major transformation, including overseeing the Company’s first step in its ambition to build a Better Tomorrow for its stakeholders,” BAT Kenya Managing Director Reverly Spenser-Obatoyinho said.
Kavashe’s appointment marks the first time in BAT Kenya’s history that it has had a woman chairing the Board.
“This means that we now have 40% female representation on the Board-a significant step in furthering the Company’s Gender diversity agenda, following BAT’s adoption of UN Global Compact in 2019,”Spencer added.
BAT hopes to tap into Kavashe’s knowledge to continue delivering sustained value to its shareholders and the economy.
Spencer when he was announcing Kavashe’s appointment, he noted that their new tobacco-free oral nicotine products are central to the ambition and Rita’s rich experience in the manufacturing of products through Sh2.5bn factory investment. Kavashe currently works as managing director of ISUZU East Africa, the largest motor vehicle assembler in East Africa.Follow us in social media: