ManagementThe long-term strategy and vision of the Company is implemented by our management team
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.
Managing DirectorNationality: Zambian
Qualifications: Bachelor’s Degree, Electrical Engineering, Master of Science, Electrical Power Engineering (Chalmers University), MBA (IMD)
Experience: Owen has been Managing Director of CEC Plc since August 2014, when he also took up the appointment to the board, having served the Company as Managing Director – Operations since the earlier part of 2013. Prior to his current role, he served as the Chief Operating Officer for the Company from March 2012. Owen has previously held the position of Commercial Director responsible for business development and other commercial aspects of the Company’s operations division. Having served in various positions within CEC Plc, Owen rose through the ranks to his current position.
He has made significant contribution to the business transformation of CEC Plc. Owen holds a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering degree from the University of Zambia, an MSc in Power Engineering from Chalmers University in Sweden and an MBA from IMD in Switzerland.
Chief Financial OfficerNationality: Zambian
Qualifications: Chartered Management Accountant, MBA (IE Business School), Fellow of the Zambia Institute of Chartered Accountants
Experience: Mutale was appointed Chief Financial Officer in August, 2014. Prior to this, he served as 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 over 10 transactions (both debt and capital markets) across Sub-Saharan Africa in the last 6 years. He has previously held senior positions in the CEC Group including as Director, Corporate Finance, Manager Corporate Finance and Business Planning Head.
In his present role, he is responsible for driving financial strategy, investment monitoring, M&A, financial operations, control, tax planning and structuring. He is a board member of most subsidiaries in the Group as well as a representative of the listed entities on the Lusaka Securities Exchange Limited. Mutale is a United Kingdom Chartered Management Accountant, Fellow of the Zambia Institute of Chartered Accountants and holder of an MBA from IE Business School, Spain.
Chief Operating OfficerNationality: Zambian
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 Plc 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. Furthermore, he has been involved with SAPP activities for many years, rising to Chairman of the Management Committee.
Chief Legal CounselNationality: Zambian
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 Plc. 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. She is Director on the Boards of:
- Company Clinic
- CEC-Kabompo Hydro Power Ltd
- Zambia Forest and Forestry Industries Company Ltd
- Nkana Water and Sewerage Company
Chief Projects OfficerNationality: Zambian
Qualifications: Chartered Engineer, Bachelor of Engineering degree – Electrical (UNZA), BTEC Diploma in Industrial Measurements and Control (Bolton Institute of Technology), MBA (Edith Cowan University)
Experience: Aaron is responsible for managing capital projects for the Company and also provides technical liaison for CEC Africa projects support. Prior to taking up this role, he directed the technical and commercial aspects of projects in the Company, including the Kabompo Hydroelectric project; covering project feasibility and engineering design studies, contract arrangements, aspects of project financing and other commercial arrangements. He has previously worked as CEC Plc’s Technical Director and Projects Director, responsible for the management of all technical aspects with regard to Protection, Metering, Telecommunications, System Performance, Asset Management and Emergency Power generating systems to ensure reliable and continuous power supply to the Company’s customers. He has also managed the implementation of the Company’s short term and long term capital projects. He has over 20 years of practical experience at senior management level, having been responsible for various engineering and operational requirements of the high voltage and distribution system of the power networks in ZCCM and now CEC Plc.
Chief Commercial OfficerNationality: Zambian
Qualifications: Bachelor of Engineering Degree (UNZA) and MBA (Copperbelt University)
Experience: Titus leads the Account Management and Business Development team. He has extensive experience in the Zambian electricity supply industry, encompassing operation and maintenance of high voltage transmission lines and substations. His experience includes investment planning for transmission systems and substations, international competitive bidding, project management and business development.
Titus has a Bachelor of Engineering degree from the University of Zambia and a Master of Business Administration degree (Management of Financial Institutions and Portfolio Management) from the Copperbelt University.
Human Resources DirectorNationality: Zambian
Qualifications: MBA (Strathclyde University), MSc in Human Resources Management (Heriot-Watt University) and is a Fellow of the Zambia Institute of Human Resources Management
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 Plc 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.