How We Are Governed
Most of CEC’s senior executives are based at CEC’s operational headquarters in Kitwe. A corporate office in Lusaka provides the Company with a local presence when engaging with various stakeholders.
The management of the business is structured into key functions – operations, maintenance, commercial and business development, human and organisational resources, legal, risk and HSES, corporate communication, supply chain management and finance. The profiles of the senior managers are set out below.
Qualifications: Bachelor’s Degree, Electrical Engineering, Master of Science, Electrical Power Engineering (Chalmers University), MBA (IMD)
Experience: Owen has been Managing Director of CEC since 2014, when he also took up the appointment to the board, having served as the Company’s Managing Director – Operations since the earlier part of 2013. Prior to his current role, he served as Commercial Director and Chief Operating Officer of the Company. He has over 21 years’ experience in the management and operation of electricity infrastructure and energy markets. He has made significant contribution to the business transformation at CEC.
He is an Executive Director of the Board and sits on the Executive, Nominations, Remuneration and Employee Development, Investment and Risk Committees.
Qualifications: Chartered Management Accountant (UK), MBA (IE Business School) Spain, Fellow of the Zambia Institute of Chartered Accountants
Experience: Mutale was appointed Chief Financial Officer in August 2014. Prior to this, he served as Interim CFO for subsidiary CEC Africa Investments Limited, and also as Regional Head – West Africa based in Abuja, Nigeria. He has led and been involved in a number of Mergers and Acquisitions and or corporate transactions (debt, capital markets, restructuring, acquisitions) across Sub-Saharan Africa in the last nine years. He has previously held senior positions in CEC including as Director, Corporate Finance, Manager, Corporate Finance and Business Planning Head. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the CEC Board.
In his present role, he is responsible for driving financial strategy, investment monitoring, M&A, financial operations, control, tax planning and structuring.
Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in Engineering (Electrical), Diploma in Distribution Engineering (British Electricity International, UK), Advanced Management of Power Systems (SwedPower/Vattenfall, Sweden)
Experience: Christopher was appointed Chief Operating Officer for CEC in 2013, heading the Operations Directorate and responsible for the management of all operations aspects of the power system (system operations, system maintenance, emergency power, system safety). He has over 20 years’ experience in the Zambian electricity supply industry, holding various portfolios up to Director for Generation and Transmission at ZESCO. He has also served as Manager for the power distribution network at Kansanshi Mine in Zambia, a subsidiary of First Quantum Minerals. Further, he has been involved with SAPP activities for many years, rising to Chairman of the Management Committee.
Qualifications: Bachelor of Laws Degree (University of Zambia), Advocate of the High Court and Supreme Court for Zambia, Chartered Arbitrator (United Kingdom)
Experience: Julia is the management head of the in-house Legal Department, which she established in 1997. She is also Company Secretary for CEC. Julia has over 25 years’ experience in Corporate and Commercial law, and has in particular specialised in energy, construction and mining law. Julia has previously held several senior positions in both the private and public sector, including as Management Head of the ZCCM Legal Department on the Copperbelt. Julia is an active member of the Law Association of Zambia and currently sits on the Legal Practitioners Committee and the Electoral Board.
Qualifications: Bachelor of Engineering Degree (UNZA), Diploma in Management Studies (Management College of Southern Africa), Member of the Engineering Institution of Zambia (EIZ)
Experience: Vincent was appointed Chief Projects Officer in June 2019. He has previously held senior positions in CEC including Head-Business Expansion, Director PreCommissioning, Compliance and Quality Manager. In his present role he is principally responsible for managing short and long-term capital projects for the power system and business expansion, equipment replacement, operational efficiency and safety/environmental compliance in line with approved budgets, resources, and project governance standards to underpin business growth and profitability.
Based on previous experience as a consultant, he also plays a role in providing guidance and support for the leadership development, HSE, strategic planning and performance management initiatives in the Company.
Qualifications: Bachelor of Engineering Degree (University of Zambia), MBA (Copperbelt University), Master Level-European Energy Transition (European University Institute, Florence School of Regulation, Robert Schuman Center for Advanced Studies)
Experience: Titus has been serving as Chief Commercial Officer since 2015 and was appointed to the Management Committee of CEC–DRC SARL in 2019. Before his current position, he served as Senior Business Development Manager and later as Commercial Director. His main responsibilities include business development, account management and power trading.
He has extensive experience in business planning, operation and maintenance of high voltage transmission and substation systems in Zambia and has a good understanding of energy markets in the SADC region. From his earlier role as Commercial Director, Titus contributed to the development and growth of the power trading business line of the Company.
Qualifications: MBA (Strathclyde University), MSc Human Resources Management (Heriot-Watt University), Fellow of the Zambia Institute of Human Resources Management (FZIHRM)
Experience: John is a strong HR generalist with over 25 years quality Human Resources management and consultancy experience, and accomplishment across a number of top-tier national and multinational companies. John has a track record of adding value to organisations through the development of a strategy-led people agenda and enabling systems, policies and initiatives and through the development of leadership, talent and culture required for organisational effectiveness and performance.
As a consultant, he has executed several high-profile assignments both in Zambia and the sub-region and provided leadership as team lead for a number of them. Prior to joining CEC as Director HR in May 2015, John held the position of Senior Human Resources Manager at MTN Zambia Limited. Amongst the positions he has previously held are Human Resources Consultancy Services Manager with PricewaterhouseCoopers, Human Resources Manager with Stanbic Bank, Policy & Process Analyst with Barclays Bank and Industrial Engineer with ZCCM.