How educated is KCB CEO Paul Russo? In this feature, we take a look at his education and career profile, which were certainly the force behind his appointment to the position of chief executive officer at KCB Bank Group.
Russo identifies himself as a Kenyan human resources management professional, businessman and corporate executive. He was appointed as the Group CEO at Kenya Commercial Bank Group effective 25 May 2022.
Russo was born near the settlement of Laisamis, in Marsabit County, in northern Kenya. He attended primary school in Laisamis. He then transferred to Mang’u High School, in Thika, Kiambu County, on scholarship from thee Catholic Church. He holds a Bachelor of Business Management (BBM) degree awarded by Moi University in Eldoret. His Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree was obtained from Strathmore University in Nairobi.
He also holds senior executive certification for Africa from Harvard Business School. His Higher Diploma in Human Resource Management, was obtained from the Kenya Institute of Human Resources.
His professional career started in 2000 when he joined the human resources department at Kenya Breweries Limited. Later he worked at Barclays Bank of Kenya (today Absa Bank Kenya). He then worked for brief stints at K-Rep Bank (today Sidian Bank) and at PwC Kenya.
In 2008, he was hired by Barclays Africa Group (today Absa Group Limited), working as head of human resources in three divisions of the banking conglomerate.
He was hired by the KCB Bank Group in 2014 and served there for four years as the Group Human Resources Director. In 2019, he was promoted to Group Regional Businesses Director for nine subsidiaries in the group.
As managing director and chief executive officer of KCB Bank Group, Paul Russo replaced Joshua Oigara who led the KCB Bank Group for nine years.