Ann Muraya appointed first female CEO of Deloitte East Africa


Deloitte East Africa has appointed it’s first female CEO Ann Muraya. She would become the first woman to hold the CEO position when she takes over from Joe Eshun, who has been promoted to Deloitte Africa Managing Director for Businesses based in Johannesburg, South Africa.

According to a statement quoted by the outgoing Deloitte Africa CEO, Lwazi Bam, Muraya’s extensive history of leadership and her experience in advising multinational clients looking to establish themselves in the East Africa market made her an ideal person for the role.

“These appointments are not only a continuation of our transformation journey but a reflection of the firm’s commitment to living our shared values, particularly “leading the way” and “fostering inclusion, said the outgoing Deloitte Africa CEO Lwazi Bam.

“We have spent the last four years setting the foundation for the growth of our business by focusing on client service excellence, shaping the right culture aligned by our Deloitte Shared Values, and ensuring operational efficiency. I am excited to hand over the torch to Ann Muraya, and we are confident that she will be a force in driving Deloitte forward in an exciting but also challenging post-pandemic environment.” said the outgoing Deloitte East Africa CEO, Joe Eshun.

Ms Muraya began her career at Deloitte in 1994 as an auditor, shortly after graduating from Kenyatta University with a Bachelor of Education degree.

She rose through the ranks, becoming the first female East Africa Audit leader in 2017 and later became the first female Africa Managing Partner for Responsible Business and Public Policy in 2021.

“I am excited about working with our teams to serve our clients and continue to contribute to the growth in the profession and the whole reporting ecosystem,” Ms Muraya said of her appointment.

She said she was committed to being “part of the solution to climate change and social and economic inequalities.”

Ms Muraya will oversee operations in offices in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda, Ethiopia, South Sudan, Rwanda, Burundi, and Somalia in her new role.

She joins the CEO- elect Ruwayda Redfearn and Deloitte Africa board chair Delia Ndlovu as senior female executives leading the Deloitte Africa business.