Kenya Power has started looking for a new CEO to replace Bernard Ngugi, who resigned in August last year.
Engineer Rosemary Oduor put herself in line to replace Mr Ngugi when she took over as acting CEO. She had been working with the company in different capacities before that.
The 55-year old joined the firm in 1991 and served as the company’s general manager in charge of commercial services and sales prior to her appointment.
She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical and Communications Engineering from Moi University and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Nairobi.
In a notice on Friday, Kenya Power said the new CEO will be tasked with executing the company’s ambitious growth targets as well as improving efficiency of operations and delivery of services.
“The Managing Director will lead a large, complex operation overseeing the development and execution of ambitious and high impact strategic and operational plans and service delivery. You will spearhead the drive to improve operational efficiency and service delivery by ensuring efficient and seamless operations,” said Kenya Power.
Former CEO Mr Ngugi took over control of the utility firm in October 2019 from Engineer Jared Othieno.
Multinational audit firm Deloitte is managing the recruitment process.
“(He/she must) have at least ten (10) years’ experience in power, utilities and renewables sector, with not less than five (5) years served as Managing Director, Chief Executive Officer, Chief Operations Officer or 10 years as C -suite executive responsible for at least three function areas of an energy utility company. Work experience in more than one utility will be a definite added advantage,” said Deloitte.
The applications are open until February 28.
The new CEO will come at a pivotal time for Kenya Power which is undergoing major reforms aimed at streamlining the entire energy sector and lowering the cost of electricity.
Already, the government is undertaking valuation of the company’s transmission assets ahead of their transfer to the Kenya Electricity Transmission Company (Ketraco) to enable Kenya Power focus on power distribution.