When Edward Mwasi (pictured) took over as CEO of Kenya Yearbook (KYEB) in 2017, the state-owned organization was choking on debt and veering on the brink of collapse. The company, which publishes the Kenya Yearbook and other government-inclined publications, had gone through a rough patch and fallen behind most of its targets despite gobbling millions of taxpayers’ cash.
Six years later, after serving two three-year terms, Mr Mwasi looks back at his work and sees a legacy of transformation and restoration. “I am delighted to share that I have successfully led the transformation of the Kenya Yearbook Editorial Board (KYEB) as its CEO,” says Mr Mwasi, whose tenure lapses on 12th July 2023. “It has been a remarkable journey.”
When he took over the helm, KYEB was facing significant challenges, including a crippling debt of Ksh43 million and the possibility of dissolution. There was no time for pleasantries, he says, and so he went down to work. Since he had worked under the previous CEO, Mr Dennis Chebitwey, as production manager, Mwasi knew what ailed KYEB.
“Through strategic partnerships, innovative approaches, and a dedicated team, we turned the organization around and positioned it as a thriving publishing house in Kenya,” he says. – BT