Board of Directors

Chairman_Richard_Omwela

Chairman

Mr. Richard Omwela

Mr. Richard Omwela holds a law degree from the University of Nairobi & a Diploma from Kenya School of Law. He is an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya and a partner in the leading Nairobi law firm of Hamilton Harrison & Mathews Advocates, where he is in charge of the Commercial & Conveyance Department.

He is also a member of the Chartered Institute of Secretaries of Kenya. He has been a Director of the Bank since 2000. Mr. Omwela sits on the boards of several other companies. He is currently the Chairman of Kenya Rugby Union (KRU), having been elected in March 2015. He previously held the same position in KRU, and Westlands Rotary Club of Nairobi.


Ashraf_Savani

Non-Executive Director

Mr. Ashraf Savani

Mr. Ashraf Savani is the immediate former chairman of African Banking Corporation Ltd. He has over 50 years of experience in the banking industry and is the founding Managing Director of ABC Bank having started it in 1984 first as a financial institution before converting it to a fully-fledged bank in 1994.

He started his banking career in 1964 with Habib Bank Ltd rising to the position of Vice President at Habib Bank A.G. Zurich in 1984, when he left to form Consolidated Finance Company now known as African Banking Corporation Ltd. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree and a Diploma in Banking. In 2012, he was awarded the Life Time Achievement Award in Banking during the Think Business Banking Awards.


Joseph Muiruri

Independent Non-Executive Director

Mr. Joseph K Muiruri

Mr. Joseph Muiruri joined our board as a non-executive director in March 2008 and presently chairs the Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee. He is an accountant by profession, having qualified as a fellow of Chartered Association of Certified Accountants (UK) in 1976 and is also a Practitioner of Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya. He retired in December 2002 after 35 years working with Ernst & Young East Africa, including 25 years as a partner and was Chairman of the firm from 1996 to 2002. As partner in charge of a large portfolio of major clients, he gained immense auditing and accounting experience. He is now a Financial Consultant and sits on the boards of several other organizations.


Alban_Mwendar

Independent Non-Executive Director

Mr. Alban Mwendar

Mr. Alban Mwendar is an alumnus of the Alliance High School, and holds a Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.) degree and a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) degree, both attained at the University of Nairobi. He is also a Fellow Member of the Institute of Human Resources Management of Kenya. Mr. Mwendar has extensive experience within multinational businesses in the corporate sector having joined Unilever (K) Ltd in 1987 as a Management Trainee, and rising up the ranks within the HR function and in Logistics. He left Unilever in 1995 to take up the role of Head of Human Resources at British American Tobacco (K) Ltd, a role he held until the year 2000 when he was appointed Group HR Director at Kenya Commercial Bank.

At KCB he spearheaded cultural reform programmes and internal branding initiatives that turned the bank from a parastatal organization to the present day commercial organization that prides itself with the largest branch network in East & Central Africa. In 2004, Mr. Mwendar was appointed Group HR Director of East African Breweries Ltd, a Diageo plc subsidiary, and again led internal rebranding initiatives that launched Diageo into the Eastern African markets.

During the course of his career, Mr. Mwendar has played a consultancy and advisory role on HR matters to numerous individuals and organizations and has made several presentations to HR practitioners in the region. He has also attended numerous professional courses abroad including in institutions such as Harvard Law School. He has been a past Vice Chairman of the Kenya Institute of Bankers, member – Board of Governors of Alliance High School, and former Assistant Chairman – Institute of HR Management of Kenya. He currently sits on the Council of the Agricultural Society of Kenya. He served as the Group Human Resources Director of Kenya Airways from 2011 to 2016 when he left to venture in to private practice as a HR consultant.


GMD_Shamaz_Savani

Group Managing Director

Mr. Shamaz Savani

Mr. Shamaz Savani has a B.A. in Economics and a B.Com in Finance, both from McMaster University, Canada and an MBA from the University of Surrey in UK. He joined ABC Bank in 1997 and was appointed Chief Executive Officer in 2006. He has spearheaded and acted as chief sponsor of the Centralized Banking System implementation with ABC Bank being among the first banks to adopt the one-bank-one-branch concept. Under his leadership, ABC Bank was awarded the ISO Certification in 2008. He also steered the structuring of the Strategic Business Units, a move that has seen the bank improve business efficiency and solidify its market position. He also engineered the expansion in to the East African region by entering the Ugandan market through its subsidiary, ABC Capital Bank-Uganda Ltd, as well as growth in branch network in Kenya.

Mr. Shamaz was appointed Group Managing Director of ABC Group in 2010. He is responsible for strategy formulation, policy-making including expansion, innovation and growth for ABC Group which comprises ABC Bank, ABC Capital Limited, ABC Insurance Brokers Limited and ABC Capital Bank Limited (Uganda). The Bank has also received several awards and recognitions in different categories under his leadership.


GCEO_Sridhar_Natarajan

Group Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Sridhar Natarajan

Mr. Sridhar Natarajan joined ABC Bank Group in 2014 to carry on the execution of the bank’s Strategic Plan, and to lead the bank to the next level in terms of products, profits, profile, processes and people efficiency.

Mr. Sridhar Natarajan has extensive banking experience gained working with leading banks in India, Hong Kong and Indonesia. For over 30 years he has worked for the State Bank of India both in Hong Kong and India, in various capacities including as Branch Manager, Divisional Manager of Market Segment; Assistant General Manager (Currency Operations) & Chief Manager (Funds); Vice President (Credit & Operations) & Vice President (Operations)/ Alternative CEO, among other key positions which have equipped him with extensive experience. He was also the President Director (CEO) of Bank ICB Bumiputera, a retail bank in Indonesia, and has worked as an independent strategy consultant.Mr Natarajan holds a BSC and a MSC, Chemistry from the University of Delhi, India.