People: Uchumi Supermarkets Ltd (UCHM.NR)
4 Aug 2020
Mr. John Karani Interim Chairman of the Board of Uchumi Supermarkets Limited. John has 27 years’ experience in blue-chip FMCG industries across Africa, 18 of them as Head of Global Procurement at Coca-Cola Africa. He brings credentials earned in long-term service, global exposure, and professional development with Coca-Cola Company and FMCG companies among them East African Breweries, Glaxo SmithKline, Wrigleys East Africa Limited. He has operated in complex global and multi-geographical locations and in entrenching Strategic Procurement thinking, enhancing Total Supply Chain solutions and implementing innovative Procurement Solutions & Process Improvements. John is passionate in developing young people through nurturing and motivating a new generation of Procurement & Supply Chain Professionals. He holds an MBA Degree in Strategic Management from the United States International University and a Bachelors Degree in Economics from the University of Nairobi. He is also a fully qualified Fellow (MCIPS) of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Suppliers Management (UK) and MILT from the Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport (UK). He is a member, practitioner and ardent supporter of the Kenya Institute of Supplies Management which promotes supply chain professionalism and integrity in Kenya. He is Accredited Executive Coach with the Association of Executive Coaches UK with focus on Coaching Procurement & Supply Chain Professionals. He is Managing Director/Lead Consultant of Equator Industrial Solutions which provides an “A-Z” suite of FMCG Solutions & Consultancy Services to several companies across Africa. He also currently serves on the Boards of two Non-Profit Organizations namely: Kenya Youth For Christ International and The International Bible Society, Kenya Chapter. He is Member of the Audit Committee, Member of the Nominations, Governance and HR Matters Committee, and Member of the Strategy, Finance and Business Development Committee.
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