RE BRAND

Jamii Bora is now Kingdom Bank, new CEO appointed

The re-branding follows the unanimous acceptance of an offer by Co-operative Bank to Jamii Bora’s board in early June.

In Summary
  • Co-op Bank Group has a 90 per cent stake in the rebranded lender
  • The lender has also appointed the board to be chaired by Margaret Karangatha after getting a nod from regulators.
Co-op Bank Group has appointed Antony Mburu as CEO and MD Kingdom Bank
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Jamii Bora Bank is now Kingdom Bank after the Co-operative Bank Group successfully acquired 90 per cent.

''Pursuant to Central Bank of Kenya approvals, the former Jamii Bora Bank has changed its name and will now operate as “Kingdom Bank Limited,’’ Co-operative Bank MD Gideon Muriuki said in a statement.  

The re-branding follows the unanimous acceptance of an offer by Co-operative Bank to Jamii Bora’s board in early June.

 
In the deal, Co-operative Bank sought to subscribe for a New Class of Ordinary Shares (Class A) in Jamii Bora Bank for an aggregate subscription price of Sh1 billion and 224,153,541 new ordinary shares, equivalent to 90 per cent stake.
 

The re-branded third-tier bank’s existing issued 24.9 million ordinary shares of Sh66 each will now be re-designated and re-classified as Class B ordinary shares, giving owners room to share in future profits as opposed to cashing out at once

Co-op Bank has since named Antony Mburu as the new chief executive of Kingdom Bank, replacing Timothy Mwaniki Kabiru who has been serving in the acting capacity after Samuel exited early last year.  

He joins from Co-op Bank Group where he was the director – Credit Management. He is a career banker over 25 years’ experience in the region notably in risk and credit management.

The lender has also appointed the board to be chaired by Margaret Karangatha after getting a nod from regulators.

Others on the board include Macloud Malonza, Julius Sitienei, and Group MD Gideon Muriuki.

The acquisition now brings the number of Co-op Bank Group’s subsidiaries to six. Others are Co-operative Bank of Kenya, Co-optrust Investment Services Limited, Co-op Consultancy & Insurance Agency Limited, Kingdom Securities Limited 60 per cent and Co-operative Bank of South Sudan Limited 51 per cent.