Igathe hands over
manufacturing leadership mantle to Paunrana
July 24, 2014, NAIROBI:
The Board of
Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAM) has elected Mr. Pradeep Paunrana as
Chairman of KAM a spokesperson of the
Association has said. Mrs Flora Mutahi, takes over as Vice Chairlady.
takes the reins from Mr. Polycarp Igathe who in his two-year tenure led KAM to
new heights that include a professional, highly visible and financially stable
institution with a state of art new building in Westlands Nairobi. Prior to
this appointment Mr Paunrana served as Vice Chairman KAM. He is also the Chief
Executive of Athi River Mining.
Mr. Igathe took
over the reins at KAM in 2012 from Mr.
Jas Bedi, while he was still the Managing Director of of Haco Tiger brands
before moving to head Vivo Energy Kenya. During his two year term, KAM achieved
significant milestones such as lobbying government for adequate electricity, a
process that will be completed by the end of 2016 and the industrial sector
recorded a positive growth in real output of 4.8 per cent in 2013 compared to
3.2 per cent in 2012. He will remain an ex-officio member of the board.
“I am happy that
the board has elected Mr. Paunrana as its chairman and Mrs Flora Mutahi as the
vice chairman,” said Mr. Igathe, “I have worked with Mr. Paunrana for the last
two years as my deputy and he is extremely dedicated to seeing the growth of
the manufacturing sector in this country. I think KAM cannot be in better
hands, he is an outstanding leader because he has a deep understanding of the
issues in the industrial sector.” he added.
As the new
chairman of the board of director at KAM, Mr. Pradeep Paunrana, has stated that
his vision is the industrialisation of the country through the growth of SMEs,
job creation and further expansion of the manufacturing sector. He has so far
adopted a sector based approach by focusing on growing industrial sectors.
Prior to his appointment he served in various committees of the KAM Board
before becoming the vice chairman in 2012 when Igathe took over as the
Other members of
the 17 member Board include, Flora Mutahi, CEO of Melvins International, Helen
Kimani of Kevian Kenya, Mucai Kunyiha of Coopers Kenya, Lutaf Kassam of the Aga
Khan Fund for Economic Development, Sachen Gudka of Sankem Interlabels, Mahul
Shah of Spinknit Limited, Palu Dhanani of Universal Corporation Limited, Bimal
Kantaria of Elgon Chemicals, Bharat Shah of Kenafric Industries, Joseph
Lithimbi of Associated Motor Vehicle Assemblers Limited, Marc Engel of Unilever
Limited, Kaushik Shah of Mabati Rolling
Mills, Muhoho Kenyatta of Brookside Dairy, Stephen Brooks of homa Lime and
Rajan Shah of Capwell Industries.
About Mr. Pradeep Paunrana
Pradeep is the
Chairman of Kenya Association of Manufacturers. He is also the Chief Executive
of Athi River Mining, a large cement manufacturing company in Kenya.
In 2010, Pradeep
was awarded the Africa Business Leader of Innovation in Washington DC by the
Africa Investor Group. Pradeep has been invited to share his experiences in
building businesses in
Africa at various international forums,
industry conferences and business schools.
Pradeep plays an
active role in several policy and advocacy institutions, and has chaired and participated in
government task forces in the energy, environment and agriculture sectors. He is a Trustee of
the Tree Biotechnology Program, Chairman Nairobi National Park Greenline Trust,
and actively champions several charities, including the Company's Rhino Cement
Foundation, which makes social investments in education, health and environment
- an innovative program empowering company employees to manage corporate social
He holds a MBA from New York University Stern School of
Business. When not working, Pradeep enjoys birding, photography, cooking,
family adventure holidays and golf.
Flora Mutahi is the founder and CEO of Melvin Marsh International Ltd
with extensive local and international experience in strategic leadership,
business development and market penetration and marketing. Proven ability to
innovate, conceptualize and implement products and business solutions and to
lead and mentor others to achieve company and personal goals.On a personal
level Flora is married with three children. Flora holds an MBA from the
University of Cape Town, BSc Finance and Accounts from the Uk and is a
Certified Public Accountant. She also serves on the Board for Seed Hope.
KAM represents over 800 members drawn
from the largest manufacturing sector in East Africa. The sector arguably
contributes about a quarter of the country’s gross domestic product and employs
over a million people are directly and indirectly in downstream activities.
For more information, please contact:
Paida Nyamakanga, Head of Corporate
Kenya Association of Manufacturers on 0717112767