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The biography and career profile of Polycarp Igathe

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Polycarp Igathe Biography: Polycarp Igathe (born 21 September 1972) is a Kenyan businessman, politician and corporate executive. On March 16 2020, Equity Group Holdings Plc announced that Mr. Polycarp Igathe has re-joined the Equity Executive team as the Group Chief Commercial Officer reporting to the Group CEO.

Prior to this, Igathe served as the Vice President in charge of Sales and Marketing in Vivo Energy Africa. Before that, he served as the Chief Commercial Officer of Equity Bank Kenya, between May 2018 and September 2018 when he was later promoted to the Managing director position.

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Igathe obtained a Bachelor of Arts in economics and sociology, from the University of Nairobi and is a graduate of the Strathmore University’s Advanced Management Program (AMP) with IESE Business School in Spain. At the University of Nairobi, Igathe was the National Chairman of AIESEC in Kenya. 

After graduating, he got his first job in Australia. A year and a half later, he came back to Kenya and started working for Coca-Cola until the year 2000. He then joined Africa Online as a sales and marketing manager and later joined Kenya Breweries Limited as a sales operations manager and then as a marketing manager. After that, he joined the manufacturer Haco Tiger Brands where he became the regional MD for East Africa. Igathe worked at Haco for 10 years before joining VIVO Energy.

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Igathe is married to Catherine whom he introduces as “his life” and says has been at the heart of his success. Together they have three children, the oldest aged 15 and youngest 5.

Igathe also says that he is not Chris Kirubi’s son. During a past interview Igathe said “Kenyans think that if you work in a company diligently for long, a company owned by someone else, you can only be their son.”

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