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Meet the new CEO of Uganda Securities Exchange

Paul Bwiso, the former general general manager of stockbroker Dyer and Blair Investment Bank of Uganda, has big plans as new CEO of the Uganda Securities Exchange. His challenges include a challenger exchange, plans to win more listings, more automation, hopes to demutualize the exchange.

Low liquidity in the Ugandan capital market has not deterred a rival exchange, ALTX Uganda, which is currently testing and plans start trading from 1 May. ALTX was founded by Joseph Kitamirike, a previous CEO of the USE. Last month ALTX announced backing from GMEX Group which is offering an “exchange in a box” hosted trading solution and has backing from Deutsche Börse AG and Forum Trading Solutions Limited through its investment vehicle.

Paul Bwiso, the new USE chief executive officer. Photo by Mark Keith Muhumuza

Paul Bwiso, the new USE chief executive officer. Photo by Mark Keith Muhumuza

According to a recent interview in Uganda’s Daily Monitor newspaper, Bwiso, who has been on the exchange’s governing council, says: “My plan is to correct the way we have been doing things… We know the problem with the way things have been done. We shall review some of regulations in order to open up the market.”

He is confident on ALTX: “They were only putting us on the edge but I believe we are in a stronger position.”

He admits the market has struggled to attract listings while Ugandan companies are also seeking to raise money: “We’ll have to sell the potential of the main market segment, growth enterprise market segment and corporate bonds. In about 18 months, if we can fix the system here, then I see about 7 listings,” he said.

Market capitalization on the USE was UGX 28.6 trillion ($9.8 billion) including dual-listed stocks, according to today’s (12 March) market report. A recent news report put the value of 8 local stocks at $1.27bn, dominated by Stanbic Bank Uganda with $600m of market capitalization (measured by number of shares multiplied by closing share price). Power distributor Umeme attracted a lot of interest when it came to the market in November 2012 and since then the share price is up from UGX340 to UGX500 today.

So far only 40,000 Ugandans have registered as shareholders, according to the 2014/15 national budget speech, out of a population of 37.6 million. Liquidity both to invest and to exit have been some of the major worries.

It took the USE governing council more than a year to find the right successor to Kitamirike, according to the report.

“Jeff” Otieno Odundo new head for Nairobi Securities Exchange

Geoffrey “Jeff” Otieno Odundo will be the Chief Executive of the Nairobi Securities Exchange (NSE), effective from 1 March 2015. The announcement was made yesterday (8 Jan) by the NSE Board of Directors.

Mr. Odundo is an accomplished investment banker with 22 years of experience in the financial sector experience including 16 years in the capital markets in various senior roles in asset management, corporate finance and stock broking, according to a press statement.

Geoffrey Otieno Odundo (credit Salaton Njau, Nation Media Group)

Geoffrey Otieno Odundo (credit Salaton Njau, Nation Media Group)

Leadership skills
Mr. Odundo has been Managing Director and CEO of Kingdom Securities Limited from June 2009. According to the statement: “During his tenure at Kingdom Securities Limited he has overseen the growth of the firm to become one of the leading trading participants of the NSE and has been instrumental in key listings on the NSE as well as other corporate finance transactions.”

According to a report in Business Daily NSE chairman Eddy Njoroge said the investment banker was appointed after a thorough vetting process: “The board together with KPMG considered numerous applications from various applicants of the highest standards”. He said Mr. Odundo’s leadership skills, experience and wealth of knowledge would be instrumental in driving the NSE’s strategic plan.

Capital FM quoted Mr Odundo as saying: “I am very confident that the future of the NSE as a key driver of Kenya’s economy is very bright as we deepen the current products and diversify into new product offering.”

He takes over from Peter Mwangi who left in November after serving two 3-year terms as CEO and became CEO of Old Mutual Kenya. Mr Njoroge also thanked Andrew Wachira, the Head of Compliance and Legal, who has been the Acting Chief Executive for the transition.

Leading stockbroker
Odundo has served as a Non-Executive Director of the NSE representing Trading Participants from March 2012. During this time, he has been the Chairman of the NSE Technology Committee and has also been a member of the NSE Finance and Manpower Committee and the NSE Listings and Admissions Committee.

Before moving to Kingdom Securities he was instrumental in setting up Co-op trust Investment Services and Co-op Consultancy Services Limited. Other roles include as a Director and Secretary of the Kenya Association of Stockbrokers and Investment Banks (KASIB), “a role in which he was instrumental in improving the service delivery and standards on the operations of Capital Markets intermediaries.” According to the statement.

Personal
Qualifications include a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Mathematics and Economics from Egerton University in Kenya (main campus Njoro near Nakuru) and a Masters in Strategic Management from the United States International University (Nairobi). He is married with 3 children and enjoys soccer, golf and Formula One. He is also a dedicated member of the St. Paul’s University Chapel Lectors Group and founder of Ame Foundation to support the less fortunate.

Nairobi SE appoints Andrew Wachira as acting CEO

The Board of Directors of the Nairobi Securities Exchange appointed Andrew Wachira as the Acting CEO of the exchange, effective from 1 Oct 2014. Peter Mwangi left on 30 Sept, as reported on this blog. The process to recruit a permanent Chief Executive is ongoing.
According to the NSE announcement, lawyer Mr. Wachira has over 10 years’ experience at the Nairobi exchange. He has been the Head of Compliance and Legal Department, NSE since 2009. He has a Bachelor of Law Degree from the University of Nairobi and is an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya. He is a member of the Law Society of Kenya.
Board Chairman Mr. Eddy Njoroge said: “Andrew has been instrumental in the implementation of a number of key initiatives at the exchange. His experience, leadership skills and wealth of knowledge will ensure a smooth transition for the exchange. As we formalise the substantive recruitment of a Chief Executive, we are confident that he will execute this interim position commendably.”

History pic - Nairobi SE in 2009 (credit www.businessdailyafrica.com)

History pic – Nairobi SE in 2009 (credit www.businessdailyafrica.com)

New CEO announced for Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange

Tanzanian news media yesterday (1 May) released the news that 37-year old Moremi Marwa has been appointed as the new CEO of the Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange (www.dse.co.tz). According to this news report on Tanzania Daily News, Marwa was selected by the DSE governing board in mid-March, after the post had been advertised earlier (see this blog post), and is the first stockbroker to manage the East African securities exchange.
He is scheduled to take up his post in mid-May, He replaces Gabriel Kitua, who resigned early in 2013 and will be the fourth CEO since the DSE began operations in April 1998. At the time of writing the news is not yet confirmed on the DSE website (1 May was holiday).
Mr Marwa was the Director and Chief Executive Officer for stockbroker Tanzania Securities Ltd. According to this bio on the TSL website, he was responsible for executing the licensed brokerage’s corporate strategy and investment policy and for discretionary mandates.
“Before he joined Tanzania Securities Limited in September 2010, Moremi was a Senior Manager in Ernst & Young’s Transaction Advisory Services. He has a significant corporate finance and investment advisory experience and has worked with a number of major clients both in the public and private sector.”
Before E&Y he was with Deloitte & Touche in Corporate Finance Services since 2006 as a business analyst. His accounting career included managing assignments such as corporate finance structuring, capital raising, transactions support, syndicated loans structuring and reviews, valuations and financial modeling, feasibility studies and business plans. His earlier career was with Barclays Bank and Bank of Africa.
Qualifications include being a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), a Masters of Business Administration in Finance (MBA) and a Bachelor of Commerce (B.Com) in Accounting. He also holds the ACI (Financial Markets Association) Treasury Operations Certificate. He is licenced by the Capital Markets & Securities Authority (CMSA) as Authorised Dealers Representative and Authorised Investment Adviser. Moremi is also a Licensed DSE Floor Trader and is a Council Member of the DSE.
Congratulations to Mr Marwa and best wishes to the DSE, well managed in the interim by Mrs Mary Mniwasa.

Stock exchange CEO wanted

The Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange is advertising for a new CEO, see here on the DSE website for the job advertisement. The deadline is this Friday, 15 February.
The contract of the previous CEO Gabriel Kitua, expired on 31 January. Gabriel is recommended from my own experience, as a firm and results-oriented manager with vision who had the drive and hard work to make it happen. He read reports carefully and made constructive inputs and he was also pragmatic and believed in progress. We wish him all the best going forward.
Pending the new appointment, the DSE is in the capable hands of Mary Mniwasa, a lawyer who has served the DSE for long as Corporate Affairs Manager and Legal Counsel, including many key strategic and management processes.
Dar es Salaam and the Tanzanian economy are both booming with much growth still to come. The people and place are very pleasant. Closer links across the East African community are hotting up the pace of progress, modernization and integration. The DSE and its key stakeholders, the Capital Markets and Securities Authority, the Bank of Tanzania, the Government, issuers, stockbrokers and investors, are pushing processes of modernization and change including a demutualization strategy and an ambitious 5-year plan.
We wish them all the luck with the recruitment process.

ECP announces new CIO for giant African private equity fund

Pan-African private equity specialist Emerging Capital Partners (www.ecpinvestments.com) today (4 May) announced that Andrew Brown is appointed Chief Investment Officer (CIO) in a newly created position. He will join the investment committee of $613 million ECP Africa Fund III, which the company claims is the largest private equity fund for growth equity in Africa. The fund closed in June 2010 and has so far made 4 investments during 2010 in financial services, industrials and telecom/cable TV sectors across Africa.
Mr Brown will be based in ECP’s Paris office and will oversee and implement ECP’s investment process and strategy across its 6 active funds.
Vincent Le Guennou, co-founder, Managing Director and co-CEO of ECP, said in a press release: “Africa is one of the fastest-growing regions in the world and ECP is dedicated to seizing those opportunities. Andrew’s appointment adds operational experience, support and oversight to the investment process. Andrew has been operating in our core markets for well over a decade and is well suited to lead ECP’s investment process.”
Mr Brown said: “ECP has already invested more than US$1 billion through 50 investments in a variety of sectors across Africa in its decade of operation. I’m looking forward to working with the pre-eminent pan-African private equity firm and its outstanding team.”
He joins ECP from Amundi Private Equity (formerly Société Générale Asset Management Alternative Investments), which he joined in 2006 as CIO for the Kantara Fund, a multi-sector fund targeting private companies in North Africa, securing over €150m in funding and recruiting a North African investment team.
Mr. Brown first worked in emerging market private equity in 1998 when he joined CDC in London specializing in telecoms and infrastructure investments in Africa, Asia and Latin America. He moved to Cairo in 2001 to establish CDC’s Egyptian office. Following the creation of Actis from CDC he was the Actis Egypt Country Manager.