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President Uhuru Kenyatta awards youngest and highest paid CEO

President Uhuru Kenyatta on Friday awarded Kenya’s youngest and highest paid CEO a lucrative post in the education sector.

James Mworia joined Nairobi-based investment company Centum in 2001 as a 23-year-old intern, his ambition was to “become CEO someday”. His job then was to file documents, but seven years later he was indeed appointed CEO, becoming one of the youngest senior executives in a Kenyan listed firm.

Mworia has now led Centum for seven years, and is credited with transforming the business, which was established in 1967. Centum has investments in a variety of sectors, including energy, real estate, financial services and fast-moving consumer goods.

On Friday  James Mworia, who is Centum’s CEO was appointed  the Chancellor of Machakos University in a ceremony held at state house by The President.

Mworia Now  tops the list as Kenya’s best paid CEO with an annual compensation of Sh201.1 million which translates to Sh16.7 million per month inclusive of bonuses, gladly accepted President Kenyatta’s appointment and indicated that he was ready to take up the challenge to better the university.

“Thank you Uhuru Kenyatta for affording me the opportunity to serve as Chancellor of Machakos University. I am truly honoured,” he said.

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