Kenya’s Anne Muraya set to make history as Deloitte East Africa’s first female CEO

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Kenyan accountant, businesswoman, and corporate executive Anne Muraya has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of Audit and consulting firm Deloitte East Africa.

She will become the first female to take on the esteemed role of Chief Executive.

The appointment takes effect on June 1, 2022. Muraya takes over from Joe Eshun, who has been appointed as Deloitte Africa Managing director.

Part of Muraya’s responsibilities includes overseeing operations in offices in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda, Ethiopia, South Sudan, Rwanda, Burundi, and Somalia.

Commenting on the appointment, outgoing Deloitte Africa CEO, Lwazi Bam, released a statement hailing Muraya’s extensive experience and leadership in advising multinational clients looking to establish themselves in the East Africa market which made her an ideal person for the role.

“These appointments are not only a continuation of our transformation journey but a reflection of the firm’s commitment to living our shared values, particularly “leading the way” and “fostering inclusion, said the outgoing Deloitte Africa CEO Lwazi Bam.

“We have spent the last four years setting the foundation for the growth of our business by focusing on client service excellence, shaping the right culture aligned by our Deloitte Shared Values, and ensuring operational efficiency. I am excited to hand over the torch to Ann Muraya, and we are confident that she will be a force in driving Deloitte forward in an exciting but also challenging post-pandemic environment.” said Deloitte East Africa CEO, Joe Eshun.

The certified public accountant with vast experience spanning over 19 years in Audit & Assurance, managing several listed/private companies cutting across multi-industries and Eastern Africa
began her career at Deloitte in 1994 as an auditor, shortly after graduating from Kenyatta University with a Bachelor of Education degree.

A trailblazer, 2017 saw her rise through the ranks, becoming the first female East Africa Audit leader, later becoming the first female Africa Managing Partner for Responsible Business and Public Policy in 2021.

“I am excited about working with our teams to serve our clients and continue to contribute to the growth in the profession and the whole reporting ecosystem,” Ms. Muraya said of her appointment.

She said she was committed to being “part of the solution to climate change and social and economic inequalities.”

Ms. Muraya holds a Bachelor of Education (Science) Degree from Kenyatta University. She is a Member of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya (ICPAK) and also a Member of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants Rwanda (IcPAR). Anne is a member of Deloitte Africa Audit Executive Committee (Exco) which is responsible for setting the strategic direction and focus areas of the Africa Audit & Assurance business and overseeing the implementation of this strategy and DEA Management Committee Meeting.

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