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.
Chief Commercial Officer,
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.
Chief Hospitality Officer, Hospitality Division;
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,
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 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.
General Manager, Parts;
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.
General Manager, HR and Performance Improvement,
Isabel worked with Deloitte Consulting Ltd., where she was a Director
responsible for the firm’s Human Resources consulting services in
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).
Head of Legal and Compliance,
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
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.
General Manager,Internal Audit,
Patrick worked at TPS East Africa (Serena Hotels) as the Regional
Internal Auditor (EA), Regional Finance Manager and Senior Internal
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).
Head of Customer Care
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.
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.
Information Communications & Technology Manager
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.
General Manager, Facilities
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.
General Manager, Dealer Development and Marketing
With more than ten years work experience, Nawaz has risen through the
ranks and now handles Simba Corp’s nationwide dealer development
He also coordinates all events related to launches and customer
relations days(such as gold competitions and driving clinics ensuring
all standards are maintained).
Branch Manager, Mombasa
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.
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. He is also well
known for his community work.
He has a Bachelor of Engineering Science from the University of Exeter, UK.
Head of Leasing
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
Branch Manager, Kisumu
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.
General Manager, After-Sales
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.
Brand Manager, AVIS
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.
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).