ICT industry veteran takes over at Rift Valley Railways as CEO

Isaiah Okoth, incoming Group CEO, Rift Valley Railways.
Isaiah Okoth, incoming Group CEO, Rift Valley Railways.

Rift Valley Railways the concessionaire of the Kenya- Uganda railway has appointed Mr Isaiah Otieno Okoth – who’s been active in Kenya’s ICT industry since late 1990’s – as the new Group Chief Executive Officer (GCEO). He replaces Carlos De Andrade who served for 3 years.

Making the announcement on Friday, the Chairman of RVR Titus Naikuni stated Mr. Okoth is a respected management professional with years of experience at the highest level, his appointment will give the executive management team (EXCO) and the company in general the necessary leadership and focus necessary to succeed “As a board we have the fullest confidence in him and believe he has the skills and experience to take RVR to the next level.”

Mr Okoth’s appointment comes at a time when RVR has reached a pivotal stage of its development by concluding a five year investment and transformation programme, which has seen the company more than double its locomotive and wagon carrying capacity, rehabilitate key sections of the rail infrastructure and introduce modern rail management systems.

As a result the company has improved on its reliability, efficiency and turn-around times bringing much needed confidence and customers back to the railway. “The past five years have been challenging for everyone involved in the concession because of the sorry state the railway was in, however given the investments made and progress registered we believe RVR has finally turned the corner, the appointment of a new CEO is a very clear sign of this and we anticipate exponential growth under his leadership”.

Mr Okoth has been General Electric (GE) General Manager in charge of Health Care for East Africa. He joins RVR on the March 1 to commence the management transition and takes over on a full time basis on the April 1, 2016.

Prior to GE, Okoth held senior executive positions at Connected Health, Changamka Microhelath (one of the partners in the defunct Linda Jamii health insurance scheme together with Safaricom and Britam), Microsoft, Health Data Systems, World Space Africa and Intel among other firms.


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