Equipment supplier Davis & Shirtliff appoints George Mbugua as its new CEO

KENYA – Davis & Shirtliff, a supplier of water related equipment in the East African region, has appointed its long-serving finance director George Mbugua as the new CEO, taking over from David Gatende who retires after 36 years with the company.

The change of guard comes as the water and energy solutions provider is redefining its distribution strategy to capture the bigger African market, improve customer experience and play an even bigger role in helping the continent address perennial water and energy challenges.

Announcing the management change, Davis & Shirtliff chairman Alec Davis hailed Gatende as an exceptional colleague having joined the company in 1986 as a young sales engineer.

“David’s departure has initiated a number of changes to the executive team and I particularly welcome long-serving CFO George Mbugua as David’s CEO successor,” Davis said.

The new CEO holds a Master of Business Administration (Marketing) from the University of Leicester and a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce from Strathmore University. He is a Certified Public Accountant (Kenya) having started his career at Deloitte.

“I feel honoured by the opportunity to contribute towards further building this world-class organisation that solves important problems for and addresses critical needs of Africa’s people,” Mbugua said.

“My journey of 26 years with this great company has led me to taking up the responsibility as Group CEO with effect from June 2022. It has been a wonderful experience to see and participate in the growth the company has achieved over these years, and a high honour and a privilege to be asked to lead such a world-class and important business.”

Mbugua expresses his excitement to be leading a team of over 1,000 talented and committed people to the next phase of their definitive development.

“As we move into the future, I look forward to an excellent, satisfying, and effective engagement with our people as we pull together to accomplish the job at hand, and thereby grow together,” Mbugua added.

“I am certain that with a relentless focus on our customers and a preparedness to challenge ourselves and take bold decisions we can retain our market leadership and position as the customers’ champion all across Africa.”

Founded 76 years ago in Westlands, Nairobi, the company is now the leading supplier of water and energy-related equipment in the East Africa region.

Davis & Shirtliff has a presence in 11 countries and participates in seven product segments all focused on providing energy and water solutions.

A particular focus is its growing presence in the solar energy business where it is already a market leader.

Other activities include surface and borehole water pumping, water treatment, swimming pools, power generation and irrigation where it sells many products under its own brand Dayliff as well as other international suppliers.

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