Grand Awardee (Mtumishi Bora 2016) – Dr.Gideon Muriuki (Group Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Co-operative Bank Group)
Co-operative Bank Group is one of the largest banks in the region with an asset base of over Shs 360 billion, over 6 million account-holders with operations in Kenya and the region, notably South Sudan. Dr. Muriuki has driven a remarkable turnaround of the bank from a massive loss position of Shs. 2.3 billion in the year 2001 to a profit before tax of over Shs. 15 billion in 2015.
Dr. Muriuki has crafted a turnaround strategy of the bank that was underpinned by three factors: faith, a shared work-culture and professionalism. The faith-inspired tone defines the character of the bank and the conduct of its business. “We rally the team behind a shared higher calling; we are but an instrument to do God’s will, to bless His people of Kenya,” says Dr. Muriuki.
“Faith plays a cardinal role in my life,” he adds. “As a born again Christian I see my service to Co-operative Bank as part of a higher calling to fulfil God’s purpose for me in my generation. I am greatly inspired by the decision of the bank’s Board of Directors to declare Co-operative Bank as ‘The Kingdom Bank through which God will bless His people of Kenya’.” Dr. Muriuki wishes that he leaves a legacy as a CEO who boldly served God in the marketplace and who led Co-operative Bank to diligently serve the Kenyan people and in the region,” he declares.
Dr. Muriuki has served as the Chairman of the Governing Council of the Africa International University, Director Deposit Protection Fund and a Deacon/Church Treasurer at CITAM (Nairobi Pentecostal Church).
Dr. Muriuki is a family man with five children and worships at Nairobi Pentecostal Church – Woodley.