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The Team

Leaders become great, not because of their power, but because of their ability to empower others

- John Maxwell

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Executive Directors


Adil Popat

Group Executive Chairman

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.

Dinesh Kotecha

Group CEO

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.

Madatali Premji

Technical Director

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.

Senior Management


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Chief Commercial Officer,

Matata Munyeke

Matata has immense experience in finance operations, tax, banking and financial management systems. As CCO, he provides leadership for Simba Caetano Formula, Xylon Motors, Power Systems, AFMS and SAME

He joined the Group after working with Price Waterhouse-Coopers for over 10 years as a Finance Manager with regional responsibilities in Africa Central.He is a qualified Accountant and holds an MBA and a Bachelor of Commerce, both from the University of Nairobi.



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Chief Hospitality Officer, Hospitality Division;

Nazir Khamisa

Nazir previously worked in the USA with over 35 years in hospitality and food services.

He heads Simba Corp's hospitality division which is on a very aggressive growth path as an integral part of Simba Corp's diversification portfolio. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree with emphasis on Marketing and Accounting from the University of Washington, Seattle, USA.


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Chief commercial officer, Established Brands;

Ameet Shroff

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 the increase in the 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.


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General Manager, Parts;

Rakesh Kakkar

Rakesh has been with the group for over 25 years and is responsible for the procurement and stock holding of the Motor division’s spare parts, which cover over 23,000 line items.

Prior to joining Simba Colt Rakesh worked extensively in the Middle East as a Group Parts Manager holding 93,000 line items for a company holding seven franchises. He has a BA (Hons) in Economics.


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General Manager, HR and Performance Improvement,

Isabel Ngugi

Isabel worked with Deloitte Consulting Ltd., where she was a Director responsible for the firm’s Human Resources consulting services in Kenya.

She holds an MBA from Strathclyde Business School in Scotland and a Bachelor’s degree in Business and Economics from Kenyatta University. She is a registered member of the Institute of Human Resources Management (K).


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Head of Legal and Compliance,

Rita Mwangi

Rita worked with Essar Telcom, where she was the Head of Legal. Prior to that she practiced law in legal firms, both in Nairobi and in Mombasa.

She holds a Bachelor of Law degree from the University of Nairobi, a Diploma in Law from the Kenya School of Law and is a professional affiliate of the Law Society of Kenya, East Africa In-House Counsel and the International Commission of Jurists.


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General Manager,Internal Audit,

Patrick Mwirigi

Patrick worked at TPS East Africa (Serena Hotels) as the Regional Internal Auditor (EA), Regional Finance Manager and Senior Internal Auditor.

Previously he also worked with Sight Savers International and PwC. Patrick holds a Master of Business Administration, Major and a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Accounting, both from the University of Nairobi. He is also a CPA (K).


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Head of Customer Care

Janelynn Muli

Janelynn worked at Diamond Trust Bank (DTB) Ltd where she was the Head of Customer Care managing the customer services division of the bank including the Contact Centre.

Janelynn holds a Bachelors of Arts degree in Sociology from the University of Leicester, UK and a Masters in Business Administration from the United States International University (USIU) in Kenya.


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Projects Manager

Chao Sio

Chao previously worked at Price waterhouse-coopers (PwC), where she was a Consulting Architect. She also worked with Skyline Towers and Inc. and Foresight Infrastructure Inc. as a Consulting Architect.

She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Architecture, from Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts.


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Information Communications & Technology Manager

Leonard Munyua

Leonard joined from Price waterhouse-Coopers where for over seven years he was an integral part of Global Technology Solutions Team.

Leonard holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Information Systems from Middlesex University as well as several certifications.


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General Manager, Facilities

Derek Upstone

Derek previously served as the Group General Manager for workshops, responsible for providing after sales services to Simba Corp customers.

He also project managed the integration of the BMW franchise into the Group. Derek trained in the Royal Electrical & Mechanical Engineers as an automotive electro-mechanical engineer. Over 22 years he rose to Master Technician and Senior Equipment Support Officer.


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General Manager, Dealer Development and Marketing

Nawaz Popat

With more than ten years work experience, Nawaz has risen through the ranks and now handles Simba Corp’s nationwide dealer development docket.

He also coordinates all events related to launches and customer relations days(such as gold competitions and driving clinics ensuring all standards are maintained).


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Branch Manager, Mombasa

Tony D’Silva

With close to 25 years management experience, Tony is responsible for the regional operations and also acts as a liaison with Simba Corp's AVA manufacturing plant in Mombasa.

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Managing Director, Africa Management Fleet Solutions

Ike Allibhai

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. He is also well known for his community work.

He has a Bachelor of Engineering Science from the University of Exeter, UK.


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Head of Leasing

Anthony Kibe

Anthony possesses a wealth of work experience in various capacities in consulting, operations, quality assurance and risk management both locally and internationally.

Other work experience includes consulting stints with PricewaterhouseCoopers in Kenya and quality assurance compliance activities in the pharmaceutical and medical device industry in California, USA. He has a Master of Science Certificate in Quality Assurance from San Jose State University, California as well as a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from California State University.


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Branch Manager, Kisumu

Hemant Shroff

Hemant heads our Simba Colt branch in Kisumu, overseeing the Western Kenya region. The branch commenced operation in July 2010 and has been instrumental in establishing the company’s operations in that region.

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General Manager, After-Sales

Talaat Fathy

Talaat worked at Mercedes Benz Commercial Vehicles (MCV-Egypt) where he was a Senior Manager Aftersales Service (Head of Central Service Department) for Mercedes Benz, commercial vehicles and buses.

Prior to that, he worked as a Senior Manager Aftersales Service (Export and Technical Training) also at MCV-Egypt.

Talaat holds an MBA from the German University in Cairo and a Bachelors in Automotive and Tractor Engineering from Helwan University. He also has a Certificate of Excellence from Mercedes-Benz.


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Brand Manager, AVIS

Niraj Shah

Niraj is a strategy and marketing professional with over 20 years’ extensive experience in strategy formulation and execution, marketing and effective team leadership. Niraj joined Simba Corp from Sintel Security Print Solutions Ltd where he was the Chief Commercial and Operations Officer responsible for commercial strategy and organisational development. Prior to that, he worked as a Consultant CEO at Blue Ion Ltd and before that he was the Chief Operations Officer at Rapid Communications Ltd.

Niraj holds a Bachelors in Business Administration from the California State University at Turlock.


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Foundation Manager

Immaculate Otieno

Immaculate is a Development professional with over 10 year’s Corporate Social Investment experience in strategy, operations and finance. She joined the Group from Safaricom Limited where she was a Senior Manager, Foundation Operations.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics from Moi University and a Master of Science in Project Management from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology. She is also a fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA).