Board of Directors
Currently overseeing management and administration at Parapet Limited, Mr. David Kiengo has over 30 years’ experience in the cleaning industry and has served as a consultant in this field for many years. He was trained at S.C Johnson International in the UK on effective cleaning materials and use of allied equipment.
With this extensive knowledge, he has been actively involved in recommending cleaning products suitable for the Kenya market and developing the cleaning industry as a whole. The result is that products are now being produced locally and to international standards since 1979.
He has been a part time Trainer at Utalii College, Central Bank, Jomo Kenyatta Airport, Block Hotels and Lodges among others.
He worked for S. C. Johnson for a period of 13 years and subsequently set up Petterson Africa Limited which has been one of the main suppliers of cleaning chemicals countrywide for the last 20 years. The latter are also accredited distributors for S.C. Johnson locally.
He is a Consultant with Truvox International of the U.K. and is involved in selecting the most suitable equipment for Kenyan conditions. Truvox manufacture equipment for Clarke, Electrolux, Phoenix, G.S.M. and Hoko of Germany and are market leaders in supply of quality cleaning machines.
He is currently the Marketing Director of Murphy Chemicals, a leading agro chemical distributor of farming chemicals in the East & Central Africa region.
Serving as the Group Chief Executive Officer, Alex Nyaga has extensive training and experience in the hospitality sector.
A serial entrepreneur at the age of 21, he attained his Degree in Hotel Management from the prestigious Ecole Les Roches Switzerland, as well as an Associate of Science Degree in Food and Beverage management from the New England Association of Hotel Management Schools, U.S.A.
He has extensive international work experience at the Hotel Ambassador and Hotel City in Berne, Switzerland both exclusive 5 star establishments, the Hotel Erlibacherhof in Zurich and the Hotel & Restaurant Tre Cucine, Zurich to mention but a few.
He sits in various investment company boards such as Health & Safety Systems Ltd (HSS), Sita Investments Ltd, Excloosive Limited, and Investment Cell Limited amongst others and is also a member of the leading International Sanitary Services Association (ISSA) an international organization with its headquarters based in the U.S.
His passion for mentorship and environmental conservation is evident in the number of awards that have been bestowed upon him, most recent being the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award 2014-2015.
With a degree in land economics from the University of Nairobi since 1973, Mr. Mugo is a registered and practicing valuer and a full member of the Institution of Surveyors of Kenya. He is also a registered Estate Agent. He has over 33 years of experience working as a valuer, property and estate manager working in both the private and public sector.
Mr. Mugo worked as an Estate and Rating officer with the Defunct East African Railways and Harbors Corporation for four years based in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and has also worked as a housing Estates Officer with the National Housing Corporation where he was responsible for overall management of 5,000 housing units distributed throughout the country.
Mr. Mugo later established and became General Manager for Town Properties Limited, a subsidiary of the Kenya National Assurance Company for six (6) years before joining Gatheru Irungu Mugo Company Limited as a director and principal valuer in 1986.
While working at Gimco Limited, Mugo was involved in the letting and management of Anniversary Towers, Kenya Reinsurance, British American Centre and Royal Ngao House, Barclays Plaza, Corner House among others.
As a Consultant with Parapet, he co-ordinates most of the large jobs undertaken by the company and advises on developments in commercial and residential properties management where cleaning plays a major role.
He co-ordinates financial planning and assesses market values for proposed contracts with third parties. He has the directors’ mandate to negotiate and execute contracts on the Company’s behalf.
Ms. Gakonyo is a founder member and a Director of the Company. She holds an MBA in Strategic Management and a law degree from University of Nairobi. She has been an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya for 17 years, a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and a Certified Public Secretary.
Constance has excellent management experience having served as a Director sitting on the Board of a few multinational and local companies. She is a Consultant at the Hub office of SAB Miller Africa and Asia based in Johannesburg operating within 11 countries on the Continent.
Together with the other Directors, she plans, designs and co-ordinates the overall strategic direction of the Company, approves and signs off budgets and guides implementation of best practice procedures within functions.
She ensures proper utilization of human resources against organizational goals in order to enhance effectiveness and profitability of the company. She has been instrumental in organizational design, change management and the introduction of an effective HIV/AIDS policy.
As an overseas Director with Parapet, she is able to impart knowledge gained from exposure from similar businesses in Africa and also co-ordinates overseas training and development for Directors as required.
Along with the entire Board of Directors he contributes to setting the Company’s mission, vision and planning for successive fiscal years.
He oversees staff management, improvement and discipline. He is also in charge of management of the employee benefit scheme and upgrading of the Company’s medical self-funded and insured schemes. He monitors staff appraisals together with the Managing Director.
Together with the other Directors, he plans, designs and co-ordinates the implementation of sound staff management and development systems including upgrading of procedures to ensure proper utilization of human resources in order to enhance effectiveness and profitability of the company.
As an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya with over 19 years’ experience, he ensures that all provisions of contracts with third parties are interpreted and adhered to in their performance.
JESSE THIURI MAHIANYU
With effect from August, 2017, Jesse has been appointed to the Board of Directors as an Executive Director. He will retain his position as the Group Head of Finance but with an expanded remit that includes an oversight over the procurement function. In alignment of the new role with our evolving structure, his new title becomes Group Head of Finance & Supply Chain | Executive Director, reporting to the Group CEO.
Jesse brings to the Board valuable financial and business acumen that will add significant value to analysis, interpretation and financial insights necessary for future strategic decisions. This appointment also recognizes the Board’s deliberate intention to interact closely with the executive management so as to enhance Corporate Governance and augment its appreciation of the operating environment.