Kenya Bankers Taps Mastercard’s Gituku Kirika as Pesalink CEO

Gituku Kirika Joins Pesalink Operator Integrated Payment Services Limited (IPSL) as Chief Executive Officer

Integrated Payment Services Limited (IPSL), the subsidiary of Kenya Bankers Association (KBA) that operates the banking industry’s instant payment service PesaLink, has named Gituku Kirika as its chief executive.

He will replace Agnes Gathaiya, who joined Google as director of its East Africa business.

Gituku has extensive banking and fintech leadership experience, having worked across East Africa with Standard Chartered Bank and DTB, primarily in product development.

Prior to joining IPSL, Gituku was Director for Digital Payments (Sub-Saharan Africa) at Mastercard.

He has spearheaded various partner and regulatory engagements that have promoted digitization and transformation within the industry, delivering market first solutions.

In a statement, IPSL said over 6 million Kenyans have moved in excess of Ksh 200 billion across the 25 plus participating banks since PesaLink was launched by IPSL and KBA in 2017.

PesaLink is accessible through various channels including agency banking, internet banking, mobile banking, ATM, or respective branches.