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Derrick Van Houten

Group CEO

Derrick is the Group Chief Executive Officer at Java House. He joined in March 2021with the vision to build on the brand’s heritage in Kenya and with the mandate to position Java House and it’s co brands as the best customer experience and value-driven destination in the hospitality sector within the region. The carefully planned strategies will be delivered by the highly experienced and passionate Java team.

Derrick has over 25 years’ experience in the hospitality sector in Africa, having managed and successfully turned around and scaled many global and African brands. He has overseen the restructuring of the largest Nigerian brand of 170 restaurants as well as building one of the most successful KFC businesses in Africa.

At Java, Derrick is passionate about continuing to nurture what’s at the heart of the company’s DNA: Java Love – by remaining agile and delighting our guests through our trademark African hospitality and being true to our brand essence – your home. He is keen on making a meaningful difference in the communities where Java does business.

Derrick holds a BCom Degree in Finance, Business Management Diploma, and various marketing and KFC training qualifications.

He has lived in Kenya since 2015.

Priscilla Gathungu

Commercial Director

Priscilla is the Group’s Commercial Director. She oversees manufacturing, repair and maintenance, HR functions and new business development for the company.

Naima Hassan

Chief Operating Officer

Naima is currently the Group’s Chief Operating Officer. She joined the group in 2010 and is in charge of general operations of all restaurants under the Java House Group and overall guest experience.

Allan Wainaina

Chief Finance Officer

Allan is currently the Chief Finance Officer at Java House Group. He joined the organization in May 2019 and is in charge of managing the Group’s finances through financial planning, management of financial risks, record-keeping and financial reporting.

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