BrighterMonday Kenya, the largest job placement platform in East Africa, has announced the appointment of Chris Otundo as the new CEO. Chris succeeds Brian Ntambirweki who has been the acting CEO of BrighterMonday Kenya and is currently serving as the CEO of BrighterMonday Uganda.
Chris’ career spans over a decade. He is experienced in digital talent management, and in a range of people disciplines including: organization design, job analysis, job evaluation, competency modeling, competency assessment, talent acquisition, culture assessment, change management, HR analytics, employer branding, employee value proposition, and HR Information Systems implementation.
He previously served as the Global Talent Acquisition Lead, Strategic Initiatives (Africa & Canada), leading the identification and attraction of key talent for strategic programs at the Mastercard foundation. Before that, he was the Senior Manager – Talent Acquisition at Safaricom Plc, where he led a team of top talent professionals to attract, identify, and onboard talent, additionally focusing on succession planning strategies. Chris holds a Master’s in International Management (International Business) from Toulouse School of Management (France) and a BSc.Business Information Technology from Limkokwing University of Creative Technology (Malaysia).
Commenting on his new role as CEO, Chris Otundo said “ I am passionate about people and helping them discover their job fit. I enjoy resolving process issues with the goal of achieving objectives faster and more effectively. This new role is a milestone for me. I am in my niche and this opportunity gives me the platform to steer BrighterMonday Kenya, under The African Talent Company (TATC), into a new era with a refreshed mandate and new pillars.
As we expand our efforts in Digital recruitment services, Hybrid recruitment services, Manpower Outsourcing, and Partnerships, I am looking forward to a great paradigm shift in the market because this is exactly what the African labour market has been waiting for, a balanced solution that addresses both sides of the labour market. I am confident that we are going to work to position BrighterMonday Kenya as a leader in providing effective career development and recruitment solutions in the African labour market.
Hilda Kragha, CEO of The African Talent Company (TATC) added “I am confident that in having Chris taking up this role, BrighterMonday Kenya and the East African markets are well positioned for amazing growth. As pioneers in major African labour markets, we realized that we have to evolve if we are to effectively manage our mission of bridging the skills gap in Africa and linking African talent with amazing opportunities. With Chris’s experiences and leadership, he is a perfect fit for our brand. We believe that his drive and a strong focus on results will be vital in steering the brand into its next phase. I look forward to working with him.”
Brian Ntambirweki expressed his gratitude for having led the brand briefly and stated:
“It has been a privilege to lead an amazing team in the time that I have been serving as acting CEO. We have set forth our ambitious mandate for the African labour market and I am committed to a smooth transition for Chris. I welcome him to BrighterMonday Kenya and The African Talent Company.”