Audit and consulting firm Deloitte East Africa has appointed Anne Muraya as its new chief executive and first female CEO effective June 1. She takes over office from Joe Eshun who has been promoted to lead Deloitte Africa.

She rose through the ranks to a partner in 2009, East Africa audit leader in 2017, and in 2021 Africa Managing Partner for Responsible Business and Public Policy. Ms Muraya started her career at Deloitte in 1994 as an auditor after graduating from Kenyatta University with a Bachelor of Education (mathematics and chemistry) degree.

In her new role, she will be in charge of operations in the East African Block that will encompass Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Ethiopia, South Sudan and Somalia.

“I am excited about working with our teams to serve our clients and continue to contribute to the growth in the profession and the whole reporting ecosystem,” Ms Muraya said of her appointment.

She said she was committed to being “part of the solution to climate change and social and economic inequalities.”

Speaking on the new appointment, the outgoing MD Mr Eshun said “We are confident that Anne will be a force in driving Deloitte forward in an exciting but also challenging post-pandemic environment,”

To add to the new appointment, MS Muraya also sits in the Deloitte Global Advisory Council, a 30-member team of executives that advises the firm’s global CEO. She is also a member of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants in Kenya (ICPAK) and Uganda (ICPAU).