Rebecca Miano may be the latest lady to take up a top job. She is the new acting managing director and chief executive of Kenya Electricity Generating Company (KenGen) after its previous head, Albert Mugo, who had held the office for the last four years, retired.
Becoming the first woman to hold the office since its establishment in 1998, Ms Miano has been part of the company for the last 9 years where she held the dual post of company secretary and legal affairs director. As the legal affairs director, she was responsible for driving the corporate governance agenda in the company and providing guidance as well as support to the company.
Before being appointed to the dual post, she worked for the Kenya Power & Lighting Company when KenGen was still under its management. She had also worked at Slater and Gordon law firm in Australia, and Musyoka Annan & Company Advocates in Nairobi. Being a part of Kenya’s leading electric power producer for quite a while, she is obviously possessing the much needed extensive knowledge in the operations of the company as well as full support of the staff. In 2010, her outstanding services earned her the decoration of the Order of the Grand Warrior of Kenya award.
A member of the Law Society of Kenya and the Institute of Certified Public Secretaries of Kenya, she holds a Bachelor of Laws Degree with Honors as well as a Diploma in Law from the University of Nairobi and Kenya School of Law, and a Post-graduate studies in Comparative Law from the University of Australia. Most companies are angling for individuals with these kind of professional experience and expertise, and will most likely drive the company towards success.
Whether she will be able to progress her predecessor’s work to meet the company’s demand growth by sustaining the momentum of the ongoing transformation or not, only time will tell.