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Kenyan banker John Gachora acquires 2.3 million additional NCBA shares

NCBA CEO John Gachora strengthens his control and confidence in the bank with additional share acquisitions amid economic challenges

by Oluwatosin Racheal Alabi

Key Points


  • John Gachora increased his shareholding in NCBA to 0.14 percent, reflecting his strong commitment to the bank’s future growth.
  • Gachora’s total annual compensation rose to KES 185.76 million ($1.32 million), showcasing his role and leadership in NCBA.
  • Analysts view Gachora’s share acquisitions as a positive signal of confidence in NCBA’s resilience and wise direction.

John Gachora, the CEO of NCBA Bank Group, has increased his shareholdings in the bank, strengthening his control and confidence in its future growth. As one of Kenya’s most influential banking executives, Gachora’s decision showcases his vote of confidence in the institution he leads.

Gachora has retained his 0.14 percent stake in NCBA, translating to 2.3 million shares. His decision to hold onto and increase his shareholdings indicates his long-term commitment to the bank. This move comes at a time when Kenya’s economic environment is marked by rising inflation and government austerity measures, putting pressure on various business sectors.

Reflecting leadership through compensation

Last year, Gachora’s total annual compensation rose to KES 185.76 million ($1.32 million), up from KES 147.7 million ($1.05 million) the previous year. This increase in his earnings places him among the highest-paid banking executives in the region, reflecting the bank’s recognition of his leadership and the value he brings to the institution.

Gachora’s share acquisitions display confidence in NCBA’s continued growth and resilience. Despite broader economic challenges, Gachora’s actions signal his belief in the bank’s robust business model and strategic direction. Analysts and shareholders interpret this as a strong endorsement of NCBA’s potential, reinforcing their trust in the bank’s leadership and future performance.

Gachora’s prominent role in NCBA Group

Gachora’s name resonates throughout the corridors of NCBA Group. This financial giant has cemented its position as one of the leading financial services groups in East Africa. Gachora has effectively held the reins as CEO and executive director of NCBA Group since his appointment in 2019.

The Kenyan executive, who also occupies a position on NCBA Group’s board, was initially appointed group managing director and group CEO of NIC Bank Group in September 2013 before the merger of NIC Group Plc and Commercial Bank of Africa Limited in 2019. His ascent to the CEO role in September 2019 came after six years as group managing director and group CEO of NIC Bank Group. His tenure was marked by the group’s attainment of numerous milestones.

Confidence in the banking sector

Gachora’s actions are part of a broader trend among top Kenyan bank CEOs who are increasing their shareholdings in their institutions. This trend highlights a growing confidence in the banking sector’s resilience and growth potential despite economic uncertainties. As Gachora strengthens his hold on NCBA, his leadership will be closely watched by industry observers, who will look to see how his strategic decisions impact the bank’s performance and its position in Kenya’s competitive banking landscape.

John Gachora’s share acquisitions at NCBA Bank Group underscore his strong confidence in the institution’s future growth. By increasing his stake, Gachora is not only reinforcing his control over the bank but also demonstrating his long-term commitment to its success. As NCBA navigates economic challenges, Gachora’s leadership and strategic investments will play a crucial role in steering the bank towards continued growth

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