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Management Executives

MR OLAGOKE ALUKO - MANAGING DIRECTOR

Mr Olagoke Aluko, aged 45, holds a Master of Science degree in Finance and Accounting from London School of Economics. He has 20 years of experience in the Downstream Oil & Gas sector within Total Group with Management, Operations, HR, Finance & Accounting, Mergers & Acquisition, Information Systems as well as Audit and Internal Controls experience. He has held several cross-functional roles within the Group including; CFO Total Guinea, General Manager HR & Corporate Affairs Total Nigeria Plc, and prior to this appointment, he was the General Manager Operations at Total Nigeria Plc.

LAWRENCIA GICHATHA - FINANCE MANAGER

Born in 1977, Lawrencia Gichatha holds a Master’s in Business Administration, Strategic Management from Moi University, Kenya, and a Degree in Bachelor of Commerce (B.Com.), Accounting from the University of Nairobi, Kenya. She is a qualified and registered member of ICPAK. Lawrencia joined Total Kenya in 2002 and has served in several positions within the Total Group. She is currently the Finance Manager of Total Kenya and has previously served as a Corporate & Project Finance Manager, Marketing & Services (MS) Branch - Africa perimeter-based in France, SAP Program Manager for MS, Africa Perimeter based in France, Controlling Manager, SAP Coordinator and Financial Accountant at Total Kenya Plc. Lawrencia is also the Country Ethics Officer and an alternate Director to Severin Julien as well as a member of the Risks and Governance Committee of the Board. In addition to the Total Kenya roles, she is a Director for the Total solar companies in Kenya specifically, Isiolo project Limited and, Isiolo PV Property limited, and also holds the role of the Treasurer of the Safe-Way- Right-Way NGO.

JAMES KAMAU - HSEQ MANAGER

Mr. James Kamau has worked for the Total Group for twenty-six years. During his tenure, he has held the following positions; Safety, Health & Environment coordinator (6 years), Safety, Health & Environment Manager (14 years). In 2014 he was expatriated to M&S Competency Center (MSCC) in Johannesburg -South Africa and appointed to the position of Regional HSE Coordinator for East /Southern Africa & Indian Ocean Islands (AFA/ACE/ OCI). In September 2017 following the closure of the MSCC hub, he returned to Total Kenya and continued to serve AFA & ACE zones. In February 2020 he was appointed HSEQ Manager, a position held to date. Prior to joining Total Group, Mr. Kamau worked for Directorate of Occupational Health and Safety service as an Industrial Hygienist for (7 years). He holds a bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry from the University of Nairobi and a master’s degree in Industrial Hygiene from the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne -UK.

MS. SUSAN GACHERU - PLANNING AND SUPPLY MANAGER

Ms. Susan Gacheru joined Total Kenya as the Planning & Supply Manager in July 2017. She has over 16 years’ experience in the Oil Industry, the majority of it being in the Supply & Logistics field. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Accounting from the Catholic University of East Africa and a Diploma in Supply and Purchasing from the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply. Previously she worked at GAPCO Kenya Ltd where she was the Supply & Trading Manager for a period of 3 years. Other positions she has held include Supply & Trading Coordinator at Hashi Energy Ltd between January 2012 and April 2014 and functions within Supply & Finance departments at Ola Energy Limited (previously ExxonMobil) from January 2004 to December 2011.

JOHN MUCHUNU - STRATEGY & CORPORATE AFFAIRS DIRECTOR

Born in 1962, Mr. John Muchunu has worked for the Total Group for thirty one years. During his tenure, he has held the following positions; Technical Marketing Representative (2 years), Senior Marketing Representative (3 years), Area Retail Sales Manager (4years), Customer Service Manager (2 years), Aviation Manager (2 years). He was expatriated to Total Zambia in 2001 and appointed to the position of the Commercial Manager, he then moved to Total Uganda in 2004 to hold the same position. In October 2009, John came back to Kenya as Commercial Development Manager for one year. He took over the position of Network Sales Manager in October 2010. In November 2014 he was appointed HSEQ Manager. In February 2020 he was appointed Strategy and Corporate Affairs Director. He also serves as the MD for Gapco Kenya Limited and CEO for SWRW (Safe Way Right Way). Prior to joining Total Group, Mr. Muchunu also worked for BOC Kenya. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Nairobi and was appointed as alternate Director to Stanislas Mittelman effective 12th May 2020.

FRANCOIS-XAVIER - RUENES - COMMERCIAL MANAGER RETAIL & LUBRICANTS

Mr. Francois-Xavier Ruenes holds a Degree in Marketing from EDHEC Business School (Lille). He joined the Total Group in 1997 and has worked in France, Latin America, and Africa in different positions including Territory Director, Business Developer, Communication and Promotion Manager, Exports Manager, and Product Manager. He was the Sales & Marketing Director of Total Cameroon until August 2017 when he was appointed as Total Kenya Commercial Manager Retail & Lubricants.

SANDIP MUKHERJEE - COMMERCIAL MANAGER B2B

Mr. Sandip Mukherjee joined Total Kenya as the Commercial Manager B2B in February 2018. He holds an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta (IIMC), and a Bachelor of Science in Physics. Previously he has been associated with the GAPCO Group for seventeen years in various roles in East Africa. His last position was General Manager – Sales for GAPCO Kenya Ltd. He had also worked in India with MNCs like ESAB and has varied experience across engineering, management consultancy, and international business development. 

 

GÉRARD OBERTI - OPERATIONS MANAGER

Mr. Gérard Jean-Pierre OBERTI holds a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the Ecole National Supérieure des Arts et Métiers - ENSAM, Paris (France) as well as a master’s degree in Geophysics from French Petroleum Institute (IFP- Paris, France). He joined Total in 1998 as Aviation fuels project manager and rose to the ranks of Aviation JIG inspector and Aviation Joint Venture Depot Manager (Total- BP) respectively. He has then served the Total Group in several countries, in 2007 as Terminal Operations Manager at Total UK Ltd in North London (UK), 2014 as HSE assistant Director at Total Americas zone in Panama and 2017 as Major Incidents Chief Investigation Officer for Total Group Holding HSE division. He was appointed Operations Manager of Total Kenya Limited in December 2019, a position he holds to date.

IRENE MUINDE - HEAD OF HUMAN RESOURCES AND ADMINISTRATION

Mrs. Irene Muinde joined Total Kenya Plc in September 2013 and has diverse experience spanning over 20 years acquired from manufacturing and banking Sectors. She holds an Executive MBA in Human Resources from Moi University, Bachelor of Arts from the University of Nairobi, Diploma in HRM from Kenya Institute of Management and is a Certified Psychometric Tester and Prince2 Practitioner (Project Methodology).