MILESTONE: Mary Wangari Wamae


The appointment of Mary Wangari Wamae as the group executive director overseeing the Equity Group’s subsidiaries may be the latest change in the corporate scene. Taking over from the lender’s long standing managing director and CEO Dr James Mwangi, Ms Wamae will oversee the management of the Group’s banking subsidiaries in countries like Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Uganda, Tanzania and South Sudan.

Although learning the ropes as a newly appointed director can be challenging especially during the first two years in the seat, with the right qualities, the experience, expertise and knowledge, one can help a company develop further. Having worked there for the last 14 years, Ms Wamae has the experience required to take the Group to the next level. She previously held the position of Group director of strategy, legal services and company secretary at the company since 2014.

She joined the then building society in 2004 as the head of legal services, thanks to her hard work and effort she was promoted to company secretary and head of legal services in 2005. In 2008, she climbed the ladder once more to hold the position of director of corporate strategy, legal services and company secretary. Four years later she would get promoted again to group company secretary, director of corporate strategy and legal services then in 2014, she would see another promotion to her previous post.

Ms Wamae holds a Master’s Degree in Leading Innovation and Change from York St. John University, UK, and a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Nairobi. She is also a graduate of the Advanced Management Programme (Strathmore – IESE Business School, Barcelona Spain) and also an advocate of the High Court of Kenya with 14 years private legal practice experience to her belt.