Abraham Serem: The Illustrious Career Of The Newly Appointed Acting CEO KenGen

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Abraham Serem: The Illustrious Career Of The Newly Appointed Acting CEO KenGen
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By Prudence Minayo

Kenya Electricity Generating Company PLC (KenGen) appointed Abraham Serem as 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. 

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“Mr 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,” read part of the statement. 

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, Central Africa at Reckit Benckiser. 

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

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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.

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