Mr. Popat took over the role of Executive Chairman in 2017. Previously, he was Group CEO, a role he assumed in 2007. Before that, he served as the Finance Director. Under his stewardship, the group managed to achieve significant growth and continues to provide guidance and maintain the highest standards of corporate governance in the company. Mr. Popat trained with Deloitte, Haskins & Sells Management Consultants after completing his MBA at the Wharton Business School, University of Pennsylvania USA with a specialism in Finance. He undertook his Bachelor of Arts (Business Administration) degree at the University of Washington, Seattle, USA.
Mr. Kotecha was appointed Group CEO on 2017. He served as Executive Director before taking on this role. Prior to joining Simba, Mr. Kotecha was Price Waterhouse-Coopers for over 16 years where he was a Director in the Business Advisory Services Division of the firm. He has significant experience in providing business advisory services to a wide range of businesses in varied industries across Africa. This includes interim management of large corporates, business reviews on behalf of lenders and investors, business restructuring and performance improvement in businesses. Dinesh is a qualified Accountant, and he holds an MBA from the Herriot-Watt University in the UK and he is a Certified Fraud Examiner from the USA.
Mr. Premji started his career as a mechanic at CMC in 1951. He then moved on to work at Motor Mart as an Assistant Foreman for 15 years. In 1967, he joined Simba Corporation, then Simba Colt Motors, to work in the service and repairs business and was awarded the title of Technical Director.
MD Motor Division
Mr Leekha possesses 37 years of varied experience in the motor industry. He has immense experience, overseeing assembly plant operations, sales and marketing, after sales and network expansion. As Managing Director, Motors, he spearheads the growth of the Simba Corp motor business which is a core area of the business as the group thrives to consistently grow and strengthen our market position in the country.
Chief Commercial Officer, Established Brands
Ameet has been with the group for over 22 years, having joined as the Sales Administration Manager. He has overseen the gradual growth of sales and number of models sold by the Group. In 2006, Simba Colt received the Best Achievement Award in Africa from MFTBC. In 2008 the company exceeded all previous sales targets and was again recognized for this achievement by MFTBC.
Chief Hospitality Officer, Hospitality Division;
Nazir previously worked in the U.S.A with over 35 years in the Hospitality and Food services.
He heads our Hotel development division which is on a very aggressive growth path as an integral part of our companies diversification portfolio. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree with emphasis on Marketing and Accounting from the University of Washington, Seattle, U.S.A.
Chief Commercial Officer, Emerging Brands
Matata has immense experience in Business Development, Finance Operations, Tax, Banking and Financial Management Systems.
He joined the Group after working with PriceWaterHouseCoopers for over 10 years where he was the Finance Manager with Regional responsibilities in Africa Central. He is a Qualified Accountant and holds and MBA and a Bachelor of Commerce, both from the University of Nairobi.
Chief Finance Officer
Suraj has extensive experience in Finance, Operations and financial audits spanning over 9 years at PriceWaterHouseCoopers working from Kenya, Zambia and New York. Of notable contribution is his 4 years at Villa Rosa Kempinski setting up the finance departments and operation controls. He is a qualified accountant with the ACCA accreditation and a BSc (Hons) Accounting & Management.
Chief Officer, Shared Services
Matt is a seasoned Change Manager with a track record in turning around businesses by designing and implementing sustainable improvement programs. He possesses significant experience leading and motivating multi-functional teams in large organisations.
He most recently worked with Summit Custom Spray Drying Inc/Drytec Spray Drying Ltd. in the UK as Chief Operating Officer. Prior to that he worked with James Finlay in Kericho as General Manager, Del Monte as Production Director and Nampak as Operations Director.
Matt holds a BSc. In Manufacturing Engineering from the University of Wolverhampton in the UK.
General Manager, Aftersales
Talaat oversees Aftersales service for the entire Simba Motors Group. He is a customer- focused executive with over 20 years of management in the automotive industry with diverse experience in all aspects of sales and after sales Service. He has a rich wealth of experience having worked for a number of global leading automotive companies including Daimler and General Motors. He has an MBA in Strategic Management from the Germany University in Cairo and a BSc. in Engineering and Technology.
Managing Director, Africa Management Fleet Solutions
Ike is an engineer by profession with over 35 years experience in business. His knowledge spans civil engineering, manufacturing, construction, as well as electronics and telematics and is well known for his community work.
Managing director, AVA
Dave is an experienced and well respected authority in the Automotive industry. He started off as a CKD launch Engineer with Ford KD in 1972. in 1975, he launched the D series range Morocco and Transit van in Portugal and Senegal in 1975 and was instrumental in establishing the FORD D series tipper factory in Senegal. In 1976 he visited Kenya to introduce the first truck at AVA ( D series) for 6 weeks and joined AVA permanently in 1977 rising through the management ranks throughout the year. In 2001, he assumed the position of Managing Director for AVA, a position he holds to date.