Kenya Power, the State-owned power utility, has appointed Kenneth Tarus as its acting Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), succeeding the retiring Dr. Ben Chumo, whose term ends on Jan 7, 2017, who has reached the mandatory retirement age.
Chumo has been the managing director and CEO since 2014, and has reached the government’s mandatory retirement age of 60 years.
Efforts by the board of Kenya Power to extend Chumo’s stay in office were thwarted by the Labour Relations Court which ruled in favour of activist Okiya Omtata’s petition barring the Board from recommending a term extension to the former Energy Cabinet Secretary (Minister).
Speaking during the announcement of the new appointment here Wednesday, Tarus said he hoped to steer the company to greater heights, and carry on the transformation work which Chumo had started.
Kenya Power Chairman Kenneth Marende said the Board was confident that everything would run smoothly under Tarus as the recruitment of a substantive CEO begins.
Tarus has more than 20 years experience in leadership and management with five years in the energy sector, including the Rural Electrification Authority. Tarus had served as Kenya Power’s General Manager for Finance for two years.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK