, NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 30 – Barclays Africa Group Limited (BAGL) has appointed Francis Okomo-Okello to its board as an independent non-executive director with effect from October 1, 2014.
Okomo-Okello is the chairman of the board of Barclays Bank of Kenya, the largest Barclays business on the continent outside of South Africa.
He is a business leader with years of board experience at leading East African organisations. He currently serves as the chairman of the TPS Eastern Africa Limited (Serena Group of Hotels and Lodges) and he is also a non-executive director of the Nation Media Group board.
He serves as a member of the Advisory Boards of the Strathmore Business School and the Aga Khan University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences-East Africa. Additionally, he is an Executive Director in charge of Legal and Corporate Affairs at Industrial Promotion Services Group of Companies, an affiliate of the Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development.
Francis holds an LLB Honours degree from the University of Dar-es-Salaam and is an Albert Parvin fellow of Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University and a fellow of the Kenya Institute of Bankers.
The Barclays Africa Group also announced the appointment of Alex Darko as an independent non-executive director effective October 1, 2014 and that Brand Pretorius has decided to step down from the board on October 31, 2014 having served as a non-executive director since 2009.
Darko is a seasoned business executive and management consultant and executive coach with over 30 years international management experience. He holds an MSc in management information systems (MIS) and is a member of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants (FSSA). Darko was Vice President, Knowledge and Information (Chief Information Officer) at AngloGold Ashanti Limited (from 2005 to 2010), responsible for the Group’s Information Systems and Telecommunications function.
Commenting about the Board changes, Wendy Lucas-Bull, Chairman of Barclays Africa Group, said: “In line with our previously stated intention to appoint two additional Board members to reflect the Pan-African nature of the Group, it gives me great pleasure to welcome Francis and Alex to our Board. They bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise and we look forward to their contributions. I also wish to thank Brand for his dedication, insight and wisdom during his tenure on the Board. Brand has decided to dedicate more time to both his community work and his family. He has made a significant contribution to both Absa and Barclays Africa Group and we shall miss his counsel when he leaves us at the end of October.”