John Gachora

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John Gachora
Born1968 (age 52–53)
Gatamaiyu, Kenya
Alma materMassachusetts Institute of Technology
(BSc. in Electrical Engineering)
(MSc. in Electric Engineering)
Wharton Business School
(Master of Business Administration)
OccupationEngineer & Bank Executive
Years active1994 - present
TitleGroup Managing Director & Group CEO
NCBA Group Plc

John Gachora is an electrical engineer and bank executive in Kenya, the largest economy in the East African Community. He is the Group Managing Director and Group Chief Executive Officer of NIC Bank Group,[1] a banking conglomerate, with subsidiaries in Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda.[2]

Background and education[edit]

Gachora was born in Gatamaiyu Village in Kenya's Central Province to subsistence farmers in 1968, the eighth born in a family of thirteen children.[3] He attended Alliance High School. While there, he traveled to the United States as a high school exchange visitor to Brooks School in Andover, Massachusetts. While there, he applied to and was accepted by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He earned both the Bachelor of Science and the Master of Science degrees in Electrical Engineering. Later, in 2002, he received the Executive Master of Business Administration from the Wharton School of Business.[4]


After his master's degree at MIT, he found employment on Wall Street with Credit Suisse. Later, he worked at Bank of America's corporate headquarters in Charlotte, North Carolina, rising to the rank of Managing Director - Group Head, Investment Banking.[3] In January 2009, he joined Absa Capital in Johannesburg, South Africa, rising to the rank of Chief Executive Officer of Absa Africa at Absa Group Limited, in November 2010.[1][5] In November 2013, he was appointed Group Managing Director and Group CEO of NIC Bank Group. a position he still occupied as of December 2014.[6][7]

Other considerations[edit]

Gachora is a married father of three children.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b BWI, . (2014). "John Gachora: Executive Profile". Businessweek Investing. Retrieved 29 December 2014.CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  2. ^ Waiswa, Baz (10 November 2014). "NIC Bank Puts Aside US$134 Million for Expansion". East Africa Business Week (Kampala). Retrieved 29 December 2014.
  3. ^ a b c Biko, Jackson (16 January 2014). "John Gachora: Village Boy's Meteoric Rise To The Top". Business Daily Africa (Nairobi). Retrieved 29 December 2014.
  4. ^ Executive MBA Stories, . (2 September 2014). "Alumni Impact: John Gachora Leads Financial Services In East Africa". Wharton School of Business. Retrieved 29 December 2014.CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  5. ^ Njeri, Maryanne (11 October 2010). "John Gachora: The Man To Conquer Rest of Africa for Absa". The EastAfrican. Nairobi. Retrieved 29 December 2014.
  6. ^ Business Daily Reporter (25 July 2013). "NIC Bank Taps Diaspora For New Chief Executive". Business Daily Africa. Nairobi. Retrieved 29 December 2014.
  7. ^ Charles Wachira (27 October 2014). "Kenya's NIC Prioritizes Capital Returns Over Market Share". Bloomberg News. Retrieved 29 December 2014.

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