The Board of Kenswitch Kenya Limited has picked Karimi Ithau as managing director as the company rolls out its new market direction.
Ms Ithau is a seasoned professional with experience spanning over 20 years in sales of innovative products and services in the information technology markets related to payments for financial and non-financial institutions.
“Ithau has what it takes to steer our Kenyan market to the next level. As a board, we would like to congratulate her and assure her of our continued support as we seek to provide innovative payments across the East African region,” said Yousef Bazian, Kenswitch chairman.
Prior to this, she served as the head, sales network at Interswitch supporting the East Africa Region, a position she held for the last five years. She has previously worked as the general manager and as head of business development at Paynet (K) Limited. She also held the position of head of e-Banking – corporate and institutional banking division at the Standard Chartered Bank.
In addition, she is a graduate of School of Computer Technology, UK and holds a leadership training certification from Dale Carnegie and Associates Inc. She is also a member of the Young Leadership Program and the Organisation of Women in International Trade.
Her appointment comes at a time when the payments service provider plans to roll out its new corporate identity, among other rebrand initiatives across different customer touchpoints in the next couple of months.
Mr Bazian said that the rebranding effort, among other initiatives, builds on many improvements the firm has made to the business in recent years.
“Our commitment to this market is focused on positioning our unmatched product breadth, geographical reach and strong leadership team backed on the strong pan-African success of Loita Group in over 18 countries across Africa,” said Bazian.