02 December 2019

The Savannah Cement Team leader Ronald Ndegwa was named the Overall
CEO of the Year at the recent Kenya Institute of Management (KIM)Company of the
Year Awards (COYA) gala ceremony in Nairobi.

Now on its 20th year, the KIM Company of the Year
Awards (COYA) which also incorporates the SME of the Year Awards (SMOYA) seek
to promote and encourage best practices in Corporate Performance, Leadership,
People Management, Customer Focus, Financial Management, Innovation, Corporate
Citizenship and Productivity in Kenya.

The Awards are based on a global Business
Excellence Model – Organizational Performance Index (OPI). The OPI process
assesses organisations on the soundness of their systems and processes and
results bench marked against global standards.

During the event, Coca-Cola Beverages Africa in
Kenya won the overall Company of the Year trophy while Sheffield Steel Systems
picked the SME of the Year Award.

Speaking at the Gala event after
receiving the award, Ndegwa said: “Sound management is a sum result of all the
stakeholders who relate with Savannah Cement including the management team, staff
and loyal customers,” He said, adding that, “the award serves to rededicate our
commitment to deliver to our customers the perfect construction experience
every day.”

Appointed to lead the fast-growing state of the
art, eco-friendly cement grinding plant in Kenya in 2013, Ndegwa also serves as
an Independent Director of the Nairobi Metropolitan Area Transport Authority
(NAMATA). The Authority is a bold and visionary policy intervention established
by President Uhuru Kenyatta to provide a comprehensive and dynamic platform for
addressing the decades-old transport sector challenges bedevilling the Nairobi
Metropolitan Area.

Over the years, Ndegwa has accumulated a wealth of
knowledge and experience spanning over 20 years’ in the oil & gas and
manufacturing sectors as a supply chain specialist, during which time he has
held various senior management roles with overall responsibility for a wide
range of assets and activities.

He was instrumental in the turnaround of the supply
chain functions in the oil, alcoholic beverages and soda ash sectors having
worked with Caltex Kenya, East African Breweries as the Group Head of Supply
Chain & Logistics and with Magadi Soda, a member of the giant Tata Group,
as the Director of Supply Chain.

He has also been extensively involved in Strategic
operations planning and business development. He is renowned for innovation and
operational efficiency.

Ndegwa also serves as a Vice-Chair person on the
Government of Kenya Task force on the Transition and Transformation of the
Public Transport Sector during the Implementation of the Mass Rapid Transit
System (MRTS) within the Nairobi Metropolitan Area.

As part of his contribution to public initiatives,
Ndegwa has been an active supporter of the Engineering Students Association
(ESA). He has also played a vital role in the development of corporate,
academic support programmes for Kenyatta University and Karatina University as
part of his commitment to educational development and youth mentorship.

Under his leadership, both universities now
maintain a collaborative platform with Savannah Cement, allowing the two
organisations to engage in joint research activities, capacity building and
student internship among other areas of mutual benefit.

He continues to support the Nyeri County-based our
Lady of Perpetual Help Education Center (OLPHEC) which caters for 185
disadvantaged children most of whom are orphans of HIV and from very needy

He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Nairobi and a post-graduate diploma in Human Resource Management from South Africa’s Damelin Management School.

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