Allan Wainaina


Job Title: Chief finance officer

Company: Telkom Kenya


Allan Wainaina was appointed chief finance officer of Telkom Kenya in August 2021.

He is a seasoned finance professional and business leader, with a wide range of international experience in financial management, audit,general management and strategy.

Prior to joining the telecommunications company, Allan held the role of Group CFO at Java House Africa. This was after spending almost two decades in various financial positions, across a number of countries, at British American Tobacco (BAT).

Allan began his career at BAT in 1999 as an area audit manager for the East Africa Area. He soon took up the position of Finance manager, before moving into the Finance director and company secretary role for the organisation’s Zambian operations. After spending time leading finance functions for Sub-Saharan Africa, East and Central Africa, he took on the role of Finance director for BAT Congo.

He is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and a certified public accountant in Kenya.

August 2021 - Present: Chief Finance Officer, Telkom Kenya
May 2019 - July 2021: Group Chief Financial Officer, Java House Africa
December 2014 - July 2018: Commercial Finance Controller, British American Tobacco (East & Central Africa)
October 2012 - November 2014: Finance Director, British American Tobacco (Congo)
March 2012 - September 2012: Head of Finance, British American Tobacco (East Africa Markets)
January 2010 - February 2012: Area Head of Strategy & Planning, British American Tobacco (East & Central Africa)
April 2007 - December 2009: Area Head of Marketing Finance, British American Tobacco (Sub-Saharan Africa)
May 2006 - April 2007: Managing Director, British American Tobacco (Zambia)
February 2005 - April 2006: Finance Director & Company Secretary, British American Tobacco (Zambia)
April 2003 - January 2005: Finance Manager, British American Tobacco (Africa & Middle East Regional Support Unit)
April 2001 - March 2003: Finance Manager, British American Tobacco
June 1999 - March 2001: Area Audit Manager, British American Tobacco (East Africa Area)
September 1991 - June 1999 : External audit roles, PwC
November 1995 - May 1999: Audit manager/senior manager, Coopers &
Lybrand and PwC, Nairobi.

1988 - 1991: Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting and Finance), University of Nairobi

Telkom Kenya
Telkom was established as a telecommunications operator in 1999. It provides integrated solutions to individuals, small and medium-sized enterprises, government and large corporates in Kenya. These include voice, data/connectivity, digital financial services, as well as network services. Powered by its vast fibre optic infrastructure, it is also a major provider of wholesale carrier-to-carrier traffic, within the country and the region.

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