Rita Kavashe, Managing Director, GM East Africa Ltd

Rita Kavashe, Managing Director, GM East Africa Ltd

Rita Kavashe is the Managing Director of GM East Africa Ltd, reporting directly to the President and Managing Director of GM Africa & Middle East Operations. Rita received her bachelor’s degree in Education from Moi University in 1991 and a Master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Nairobi in 2005. Her career began in GM in 1995 in its East African operations, where she has worked for the last 21 years. During this time she has been exposed to critical aspects of our operation. After a series of moves with increased responsibility, she was appointed the Sales and Marketing Director in April of 2006 and then Commercial Director in September 2008. During this time sales in the region grew by more than 30%. Furthermore, Rita was instrumental in achieving several awards for sales growth in the East African region. In 2009, Rita was nominated to undertake a developmental assignment in South Africa for six months to develop an Export strategy for GM Sub Saharan Africa. In 2010 her role was expanded with dual responsibility as Managing Director for GM East Africa and Exports Director for GM Sub-Saharan Africa. Rita also serves on a number of government committees and has played a leading role in Manufacturing, Roads and infrastructure Sectors with keen interest in quality and Safety. Serving in different associations has deepened Rita’s understanding of Public-Private Sector engagement and has developed a strong network of business associates. Record of Public Service Involvement in Kenya (2008- Present) Member-Privatization Commission of Kenya 2008 - 2010 Member of the Governing Council- Automobile Association of Kenya since 2010 Appointed Chairman- Kenya Vehicle Manufacturers Association, 2011 Appointed Director-Kenya Private Sector Alliance, 2011 Appointed Director – Kenya Roads Board, 2011 Member -Institute of Directors [Kenya], 2012 Trustee- National Road Safety Trust, 2012 Member- National Transport and Safety Authority Board, 2013 Member – Government Private Sector Liaison Committee, 2013 Vice President – American Chamber of Commerce Kenya Chapter Board, Sept 2013 - June 2014 to June 2015 Member – Palmhouse Foundation Advisory Board, 2015 Member – East African Business Council (EABC) Executive Committee, 2015-2016 Member – Board of the Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAM) since July 2015 Member – Board of the Kenya Vision 2030 Delivery Secretariat (since October 2015) Chairman – Kenya Motor Industry Association (KMIA) (since January 2016) Director - Bamburi Cement Limited (since 9 March 2017)