Deloitte East Africa appoints Ann Muraya as first female CEO

KENYA – Deloitte East Africa, an auditing, consulting, and financial advisory firm, has announced the appointed Ann Muraya as its Chief Executive Officer (CEO) effective June 1.

Muraya takes over from Joe Eshun who has been appointed as Deloitte Africa Managing director for business where he will be overseeing Deloitte’s business functions all over Africa.

She will be the first female CEO at the firm where she will be in charge of all offices in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda, Ethiopia, South Sudan, Rwanda, Burundi, and Somalia.

She joins the CEO- elect Ruwayda Redfearn and Deloitte Africa board chair Delia Ndlovu as senior female executives leading the Deloitte Africa business.

“These appointments are not only a continuation of our transformation journey but a reflection of the firm’s commitment to living our shared values, particularly ‘leading the way’ and ‘fostering inclusion’,” said the outgoing Deloitte Africa CEO Lwazi Bam.

Anne started her career as an auditor at Deloitte in 1994, after completing her B.Ed in Science (Mathematics and Chemistry) at Kenyatta University.

She was appointed to the partnership in 2009 and built a wealth of audit and accounting experience within the banking and financial services, manufacturing, agriculture and retail industries.

During her time as partner, she has previously been the National Professional Practice Director for the East Africa practice, leading technical consultations on audit methodology and IFRS.

 She was appointed as East Africa Audit Leader in 2017, in charge of 12 audit partners and over 200 staff across the region, overseeing audit quality; talent management; client service and profitability of the Audit & Assurance business.

“It is an honour to be appointed to this role. I am excited about working with our teams to serve our clients and continue to contribute to the growth in the profession, and the whole reporting ecosystem,” Anne said on her appointment.

“It is also important to me that we work with our people and our clients to impact the communities we live in by being part of the solution in matters of climate change and social and economic inequality.”

She is a member of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya (ICPAK) where she sits on the Professional Standards Committee, and a member of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Uganda (ICPAU).

In December 2020, Anne was inducted into the college of Fellows of ICPAK in recognition of services rendered to the profession.

In 2021, she was appointed the Africa Managing Partner for Responsible Business and Public Policy and has also been a member of the Deloitte Global Advisory Council, selected as one of 30 partners globally to act as a sounding board for the Deloitte Global CEO.

“We have spent the last four years setting the foundation for the growth of our business by focusing on client service excellence, shaping the right culture aligned by our Deloitte Shared Values, and ensuring operational efficiency,” said the outgoing Deloitte East Africa CEO Joe Eshun.

“I am excited to hand over the torch to Ann Muraya and we are confident that she will be a force in driving Deloitte forward in an exciting but also challenging post-pandemic environment.”

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