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Rita Kavashe Nairangai, MBS

The received her bachelor’s degree in Education from Moi University in 1991 and a Master’s Degree in Business
Administration (MBA)in Strategic Management from the University of Nairobi in 2005. Rita has also par- ticipated in General Motors spon- sored leadership programs includ- ing the Harvard Business School Leadership Program.
Her career in GM began in 1995 in its East African operations where she has worked for the last 24 years. Prior to her current position, Rita held several key roles in Sales and Marketing organizations both in Kenya and South Africa.
In 2010 when she became the Managing Director, Rita put in place solid strategies that improved the company’s competitiveness and gained customers in a rapidly grow- ing automotive industry. This result- ed in the company’s market share rising steadily from 24.3% (in 2011) to 39.1% in 2018.
In 2017, Rita led the company through a successful transition from GM East Africa to Isuzu East Africa. The process was conducted smooth- ly with key stakeholders appraised regularly on the change of share- holding, company name and overall business continuity.
Isuzu EA has remained dominant in the Kenyan auto industry maintaining its top position 7 years in a row. The company continues to provide thought leadership in the industry by advocating for pro- gressive government and supportive policy for the growth of local motor assembly in order to expand the country’s manufacturing base.
Rita holds directorships with various business associations such as the Kenya Vehicle Manufacturers Association (KVMA), the East African Business Council (EABC) and chairs the Kenya Motor Industry Association (KMIA). She is also the Vice-Chair of the Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA).

Rita has a record in Public Service as the current Chairperson of the Kenya Roads Board and a Member of the Kenya Vision 2030
Delivery Board. In March 2017, she was appointed to the board of Bamburi Cement, a listed firm on the Nairobi Securities Exchange.
In October 2017, Rita was invit- ed to join a select group of inspira- tional and influential African CEOs leading public, private, medium and large sized companies as a member of the B Team Africa. The B Team is a not-for-profit initiative formed by a global group of business leaders to catalyze a better way of doing business for the wellbeing of people and the planet.

On 12th December 2017, Rita was awarded the Moran of the Order of the Burning Spear (MBS) by President Uhuru Kenyatta for exem- plary service to the country in her capacity as a business leader.
Rita has for a long time had a passion for mentoring young girls and women from diverse back- grounds.
In November 2018, she received her certification as an Executive Coach from the Academy of Executive Coaches (AOEC) UK to strengthen her capacity coaching corporate leaders and executives.