Kenyan Journalist Named Director at Multi-National Bank Days After Quitting BBC

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  • Kenyan journalist Solomon Mugera has landed a new prestigious job just days after announcing his resignation from the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) on Friday, August 27.

    Mugera, who served as BBC boss for 23 years has been appointed as Director of Communication and External Relations for the African Development Bank Group.

    Through an announcement issued by the bank on Tuesday, September 7, Mugera is set to begin the role effective October 1, 2021.

    "Mugera, a Kenyan national, brings extensive experience to this role. He is a seasoned journalist and media manager with over 20 years of expertise working internationally," the bank announced.

    Solomon Mugera, the Regional Editor BBC Africa
    Solomon Mugera, the Regional Editor BBC Africa
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    Before joining BBC Mugera had a short stint at Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (KBC). 

    Accepting his appointment, Mugera stated, "It is an honour to work for the African Development Bank Group and support its vision for the continent. This is an institution that is leading Africa’s effort to transform itself and make a real difference to the lives of millions of its people. The Bank has the talent, the expertise, knowledge and the story that needs to be told across Africa and to a global audience.”

    His new role will entail building financial and political support for the African Development Bank Group and strengthen the institution's role as a global solution provider, especially for Africa’s most pressing development challenges.

    Mugera will also be tasked with managing corporate communications and external relations with key stakeholders, including media, civil society, foundations, the private sector, African countries, and international organizations.

    Additionally, the seasoned journalist will be responsible for the internal communications and engagement with the staff. He will form part of a team that will be creating a mirror image for the company.

    The President of AFDB Group commenting on Mugera's appointment stated, “The African Development Bank Group is at the heart of the continent’s social economic development. Mr. Mugera will support the Bank Group’s vision and outreach effort to make the priorities, activities and accomplishments of the Bank known by both internal and external audiences. He is a highly respected and motivated media professional, with a solid track record in journalism and leadership.”

    Solomon Mugera, the Regional Editor BBC Africa
    Solomon Mugera, the Regional Editor BBC Africa
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