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Abraham Serem Biography, Education, Acting CEO KenGen

Abraham Serem Biography

Abraham Serem is now the acting Managing Director and CEO following the exit of Rebecca Miano who was appointed as Cabinet Secretary for East Africa Community and Arid and Semi-Arid Lands Regional Development.

Rebecca was at the helm of the company from November 2017, becoming the first female CEO of KenGen. 

Abraham Serem is an experienced professional with a career spanning over two decades in the Human Resource. He has worked in blue chip companies in Kenya and East Africa as a whole.

KenGen’s board of directors statement expressed the board’s confidence in his ability to lead the company in the foreseeable future and continue with the exemplary performance set by Rebecca Miano, the fifth CEO to exit the company since 1997. 

Abraham Serem Education 

Mr. Serem graduated from the University of Nairobi in 1992 with a Bachelor of Arts degree. He has a higher national diploma in Human Resource Management, and a diploma in Intermediate Executive Coaching from the Academy of Executive Coaching.

The experienced human resource practitioner is also a member of the Institute of Human Resource Management, Kenya.

Career 

From 2000 to 2004, he served as the Human Resource Manager, of Central Africa at Reckitt Benckiser. 

In July 2007, he joined East Africa Breweries Limited as a Human Resource Business partner. 

In December 2011, he became a Human Resource Director at Heineken East Africa. 

He joined KenGen in March 2016, serving as the Human Resource and Administration Director until his appointment as acting CEO and Managing Director.

He had also been appointed to the board of trustees in 2016 as a sponsor-nominated trustee, a member of the Administration and Communication Committee, and the Chairman of the Investment and Strategy Committee.

Appointment to KenGen Acting CEO

Serem takes over from Rebecca Miano, who has been appointed Cabinet Secretary (CS) for East African Community (EAC), Arid and Semi-Arid Lands, and Regional Development.

Until his appointment, Serem has been the General Manager of Human Resources and Administration of the Company since March 1, 2016, when he joined KenGen.

Serem will be responsible for overseeing the transition process of the NSE – listed firm at a time when the entire country is undergoing changes, following the August General Elections which ushered in a new government.

Speaking, while making the announcement, KenGen Board Chairman, General (Rtd) Samson Mwathethe congratulated the outgoing Managing Director and CEO for what he described as an exemplary and stellar performance during her tenure.

“Miano led KenGen through an action-packed phase of steady growth which continued over the duration of her leadership, putting KenGen firmly on an upward trajectory,” said Chairman Mwathethe, adding, “her biggest test was perhaps the COVID-19 pandemic which threatened energy utilities across the world, but she was able to steady the ship and deliver good results, even at the peak of COVID-19 restrictions.”

The Chairman hailed Miano for unlocking KenGen’s diversification strategy and rolling out several multimillion drilling consultancy projects in the region, most notably, in the Horn of Africa including, Ethiopia and Djibouti, where KenGen currently has active geothermal drilling projects.

“We will also remember Miano for her role in championing KenGen’s position in the climate action campaign, not only locally, but also going all out to put the company on the global map,” said Chairman Mwathethe.

General (Rtd) Mwathethe exuded confidence that the trend set by the outgoing CEO will continue into the transition period and beyond, noting that the company had put in place a robust succession plan which has enabled it to have a smooth change in leadership over the years.

Miano will be the fifth to exit the company since the unbundling of the energy sector in 1997 at a point when the generation side of the business (Kenya Power Company) was hived off from the off-taker and renamed KenGen.

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