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Why every bank wants a piece of Oduor

Mr Martin Oduor Otieno came to the limelight in 1999 after being selected to serve on the Dream Team. The team, put together by Dr Richard Leakey, was tasked with restoring donor confidence and turning around the economy.

He became the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Finance before being replaced in 2001.

During his tenure at the Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB), profits rose a couple of times to knock Barclays Bank from the top position.

He also grew the bank’s asset and branch network from 100 to more than 230. KCB became the only local bank to operate in the six countries that make up the East African Community.

After his retirement from KCB, Mr Oduor was appointed by Delloite as senior adviser in financial services last year.

Dream Team

Before and after joining the Dream Team, he had been Barclays Bank’s finance and planning director and regional director and was based in South Africa. After a short stint, he joined KCB as a deputy chief executive in 2005 before rising to become the CEO in 2007.

He attended St Peters Mumias School before proceeding to Cardinal Otunga for his A levels.

He later went to the University of Nairobi to pursue a Bachelor of Commerce course. While studying, he worked for Mumias Sugar Company in the finance department.

He later joined British American Tobacco for ten years. Mr Otieno holds an MBA from Maastricht Business School.

The 57-year-old is a fellow of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya (ICPAK), Kenya Institute of Bankers (KIB) and a member of the Certified Public Secretaries (CPSK).

He sits on the boards of beer maker East African Breweries