In my first quarter review of 2019, I mentioned that I conducted an interview with the Pesalink CEO, Ms Agnes Gathaiya. It was, and still is, one of the highlights of 2019. The interview got published at the close of April 2019, and it was well worth the wait.
Below are the opening remarks of the interview. Make sure to click on the link provided in the read more section to indugle in the whole interview, which is pivotal in getting to understand better
- what it takes to become a CEO in today’s world
- the place of women at the workplace
- Ms Agnes’ Gathaiya’s take on leadership
DM: The previous IPSL CEO was a woman and so here the CEO seat is not a preserve for the men. How has the experience been like for you?
AG: I became the CEO of Pesalink in February 2018, that is just over one year ago. I went through a rigorous interview process. I don’t think they were looking for a woman CEO. They were looking for somebody with the experience and skills to be able to come and execute the mandate that was put in place by the shareholders. I went through a competitive recruitment process and then I got the job.
DM: Are there many female CEOs in the financial services sector?
We are very few women CEOs and not just in the financial sector. Today in banking, we have Nasim Mohamed Devji, who is the CEO of Diamond Trust Bank and Betty Korir of Credit Bank, out of 43 banks, soon to be 41 out of the post-merger activities.
DM: Is there a reason for the gender disparity in the top positions of corporate leadership?
I don’t know. Personally, I think leadership does not have a gender.
When I look back at the opportunities that were there for my mother, and those that were there for my grandmother, I think we have grown in such leaps and bounds in two generations that we should actually be proud of the gains… Click here to read the rest of the interview.