Digital lender Tala has named Annstella Mumbi as its new General Manager for the Kenya unit effective immediately, making her one of the small number of women leading large technology companies in Kenya.
Prior to being announced as the new GM, she served as Tala’s Global Director of Growth and Interim General Manager of Kenya.
“Over the past three years at Tala, Mumbi has expanded her scope multiple times and most recently served as our Interim General Manager. She is able to bring the Kenya leadership team together and rally Tala around a bold vision for Kenya’s next phase of growth,” said Jori Pearsall, Chief Business Officer of Tala, while making the announcement to the Kenyan team.
Mumbi is a business executive with a decade of experience cutting across fintech, EdTech and venture funding having held multiple roles in strategy, growth, expansion and overall business leadership, and having worked in various markets such as Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa and Uganda. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechatronics Engineering from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT).
“Beyond the vision, she will continue to lead the team of 130 in Kenya by bringing together new technology, partnerships and ways of operating to drive the business forward while never losing sight of our Kenyan customers,” Pearsall said.
Waiting in Mumbi’s in-tray is steering the company steady as the digital lender seeks to transition into a full-service financial services provider over the next year.